FORT THOMPSON MAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A PROHIBITED PERSON AND UNLAWFUL TAKING OF A BALD EAGLE
Public Information Officer
605-343-2913, Ext. 2101
US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man charged with Possession of A Firearm by a Prohibited Person and Unlawful Taking of a Bald Eagle was sentenced on November 20, 2012, by US District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Richard Coleman, age 25, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day on the Firearm offense and 9 months on the Bald Eagle offense with the sentence to run concurrently. The Court ordered $10,000 in restitution for one Mature Bald Eagle and $1,750 for one Snowy Owl and $125 to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Coleman was indicted for Possession of Firearm and Unlawful Taking of a Bald Eagle, Migratory Birds and Deer by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2012. The conviction stems from an incident that occurred between December 1, 2011, and January 10, 2012, when Coleman, who had previously been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, knowingly possessed a firearm, which he used to intentionally and illegally shoot a Bald Eagle, a Snowy owl and other wildlife. Coleman pled guilty on August 28, 2012.
The investigation was conducted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Wildlife Department. Assistant US Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.
Coleman was immediately turned over to the custody of the US Marshal.