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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lower Brule Man Charged for Being Felon in Possession of a Firearm

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Myron Walters, age 59, was indicted on April 9, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 22, 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.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on January 1, 2016, Walters knowingly possessed and received a firearm after having been previously convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment exceeding one year.

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

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.   

Walters was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated April 24, 2019