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Rosebud Man Pleads Guilty to Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Unregistered Firearm

May 24, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Zane M. Swimmer, age 53, of Rosebud, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on May 23, 2012, and pled guilty to Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Unregistered Firearm. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years supervised release, and a special assessment of $100 to the Victim Assistance Fund (VAF).

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on April 5, 2012, when Swimmer, having been convicted of a prior felony, was found to be in possession of a pistol. On the same day, law enforcement searched Swimmer's home and found several more firearms, one of which was a short-barreled shotgun not properly registered with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tim Maher.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for August 17, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.




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