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Fort Thompson Sentenced for Felon in Possession of Firearm

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Felon in Possession of Firearm was sentenced on October 7, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Christopher Allen Harrison, age 40, was sentenced to 46 months in custody, followed by 2 years of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Harrison was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 12, 2015.  He pled guilty on June 23, 2015.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on April 26, 2015, when officers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs received a call advising them that Harrison was at a home in Fort Thompson, and he needed to be removed. An officer responded, and as he pulled up to the home, Harrison was on the porch and fired shots from a shotgun into the air.  Backup was called and when they arrived, Harrison was sitting on the porch with the shotgun pointed at himself, and his family members were begging him to cooperate.

Multiple officers responded and attempted to get Harrison to put down the gun. He ignored the officers and went in and out of the house with the shotgun. After a standoff with the officers, Harrison finally threw the shotgun out of the residence and was taken into custody.

Harrison was convicted of a federal offense in the United States District Court, District of South Dakota in 1998, and consequently Harrison is a prohibited person and may not lawfully possess any firearms.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Harrison was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated October 9, 2015