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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 16, 2019

McLaughlin Man Sentenced for Possession of Firearms by Prohibited Person

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of felon in possession of a firearm by prohibited person was sentenced on May 13, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. 

Jesse Boyd Brown Otter, age 37, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.  He was ordered to pay $300 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  

According to court documents, on or about the 28th day of December, 2017, in the District of South Dakota, Jesse Boyd Brown Otter, having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, and being an unlawful user of a controlled substance, did knowingly possess a firearm and ammunition. 

The Indictment alleges that Brown Otter possessed a Bond Arms, Model “Cowboy Texas Defender” 45 Long Colt caliber/410 gauge derringer-style handgun, bearing serial number 33176, and a Bond Arms, Model “Snake Slayer” 45 Long Colt caliber/410 gauge derringer-style handgun, bearing serial number 61571, and 4 rounds of Starline 45 Long Colt ammunition.

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 its 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 local communities to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.   

Brown Otter was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated May 16, 2019