Felon Pleads Not Guilty to Illegal Possession of a Firearm and Using a Controlled Substance
April 21, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney
U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for illegally possessing a firearm and unlawfully using a controlled substance.
Gene Edward Taranto, age 31, was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 17, 2010, for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance in Possession of a Firearm. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on April 21, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both. The charges are merely accusations, and Taranto is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by ATF, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted L. McBride is prosecuting the case. Taranto was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.
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