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Fort Thompson Man Sentenced For Felon In Possession Of Firearm

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Felon in Possession of Firearm was sentenced on July 14, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Peter Leslie Coleman, a/k/a Perry Coleman, age 51, was sentenced to time served (47 days), 18 months of supervised release, a $250 fine, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Coleman was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 10, 2013.  He pled guilty on April 23, 2014.

The conviction stems from an incident on November 12, 2013, when a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Agent observed that Coleman failed to stop at a stop sign at an intersection within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Creek Indian reservation. A traffic stop was conducted and the agent observed Coleman move a rifle from the front passenger side of the vehicle to the floor board area behind the driver’s seat.  Coleman admitted he was hunting that morning, and knew he was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The investigation revealed that Coleman was convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance in U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, on July 10, 1992, and was sentenced to 32 months in custody.     

This case was investigated by the BIA, Crow Creek Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Updated June 22, 2015