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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

McLaughlin Man Sentenced For Firearms Offense

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin man convicted of Felon in Possession of a Firearm was sentenced on April 29, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. Jess Porras, age 52, was sentenced to 6 months in custody, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

Porras was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 16, 2012. On January 2, 2013, he pled guilty to Count I of the indictment.

The conviction stems from an incident in December 2011 when the Defendant was providing guiding services to a group of hunters from Minnesota. After a member of the hunting party missed several shots at a deer, the Defendant, knowing he had previously been convicted of a felony and was prohibited from possessing firearms, grabbed the hunter's rifle and shot the deer.

This case was investigated by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Morley prosecuted the case.

Porras is to self-report to the U.S. Marshal’s Service by 2:00 p.m. on May 21, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015