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Fort Thompson Man Charged with Felon in Possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Micah Brown, age 26, was indicted on September 11, 2018.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 20, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on July 1, 2018, Brown, who has been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess and receive a firearm, which had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The charge is merely an accusation and Brown is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Morley is prosecuting the case.   

Brown was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated October 1, 2018

Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Project Safe Neighborhoods