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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Friday, February 6, 2015

Lead Man Indicted For Possession Of An Unregistered Firearm

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lead, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession of an Unregistered Firearm.

Archie Roberts, age 28, was indicted on December 16, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on February 4, 2015, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody 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 charge relates to Roberts possessing two sawed off shotguns, which were not registered to him, on September 30, 2014, in Lead.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Lead Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman is prosecuting the case.

Roberts was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has been set for April 14, 2015.

Updated June 22, 2015