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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Blunt Man Sentenced for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Blunt, South Dakota, man convicted of Felon in Possession of a Firearm was sentenced on April 30, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Robert Dwayne Spaid, age 61, was sentenced to time served equal to 2 days in custody, 2 years of supervised release, a fine of $2,500, forfeiture of a Rossi .22 caliber rifle and 37 rounds of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Spaid was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 13, 2016.  He pled guilty on February 8, 2018.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on October 27, 2016, in Pierre.  On that day, Spaid was driving a vehicle in Pierre and was stopped for a traffic violation by deputies from the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office.  Spaid’s vehicle was subsequently searched and a .22 caliber rifle was seized from the vehicle.  On November 23, 2016, law enforcement executed a search of Spaid’s residence and seized multiple rounds of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition. 

Spaid was convicted of Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class 4 Felony) in 2004, making it illegal for him to possess firearms.  Spaid will forfeit ownership of the rifle and ammunition to the United States.

This case was investigated by the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

Spaid was released to begin serving supervised release.

Firearms Offenses
Updated May 2, 2018