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Lake Andes Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Prohibited Possession of a Firearm

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Lake Andes, South Dakota, man, convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person. The sentencing took place on June 25, 2024, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Reginald Robinson, Jr., age 31, was sentenced to five years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $100 as a statutorily required special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Robinson was indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person by a federal grand jury in February of 2023. He pleaded guilty on March 7, 2024.

On January 17, 2021, Sioux Falls Police responded to Walmart for a report of shoplifting. Upon arrival, law enforcement came into contact with Robinson. Robinson was searched and found to be in possession of a magazine located in his pants pocket and a firearm tucked into the waistband of his pants. Upon arrest and further search, Robinson was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Sioux Falls Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paige Petersen prosecuted the case.

Robinson was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to continue serving his sentence.

Updated June 27, 2024

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