United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Anthony Shane Anderson, age 21, of Rapid City, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken on August 8, 2011, and pled guilty to count I of an indictment that charged him with Possession of an Unregistered Firearm. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.
The charge relates to Anderson having a shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches, no serial number, and not registered to him on January 5, 2011. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff's Office. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Ted L. McBride.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for October 24, 2011. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.