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Hartford Man Charged with Being Felon in Possession of Explosives

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Hartford, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Felon in Possession of Explosives and Unlicensed Receipt of Explosive Materials.

Gerald “Jerry” Eldon Gosmire, age 60, was indicted on July 9, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on July 17, 2019, 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 per count.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about November 27, 2018, Gosmire, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment exceeding one year, and knowing he was not licensed or permitted to transport explosives, knowingly possessed and transported explosive materials.

The charges are merely accusations and Gosmire is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.   

Gosmire was  remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated July 18, 2019