United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession and Sale of a Stolen Firearm and Tampering with a Witness was sentenced on August 26, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Jody Albert Hunt, age 35, was sentenced to 24 months of custody on each count to run concurrently, 2 years of supervised release, and a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Hunt was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2013, and pled guilty to Possession and Sale of a Stolen Firearm and Tampering with a Witness on June 4, 2013.
The convictions were the result of Hunt taking the personal property from a ranch southwest of Cherry Creek. The stolen property included a DPMS AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle. After taking the rifle, Hunt drove to Rapid City where he sold the rifle to purchase drugs. With the assistance of the Rapid City Police Department, Hunt was located and arrested.
While at the Rapid City jail, Hunt called a witness to his burglary and theft and attempted to get that witness to cover up his crimes. Most of the stolen property and the AR-15 assault rifle were recovered.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Rapid City Police Department; and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson.
Hunt was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence.