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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Murdo Man Convicted Of Possession Of Firearm By A Prohibited Person

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Shaun Sporrer, age 41, of Murdo, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on August 13, 2013, and pled guilty to the Indictment that charged him with Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

The charge stems from an incident on March 1, 2013, when Sporrer pulled a revolver on a neighbor. Since he was previously convicted of a domestic violence offense, Sporrer is prohibited from owning firearms.     

The investigation was conducted by the Jones County Sheriff’s Office; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller. 
         
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for November 4, 2013.

 Sporrer was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing. 

Updated June 22, 2015