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Minnesota Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Dent, Minnesota, man convicted of Possession of Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on October 25, 2021, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Stacy Hansen, age 52, was sentenced to two months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, to include eight months of home confienment, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Hansen was indicted for Felon in Possession of a Firearm by a federal grand jury on October 14, 2020.  He pled guilty on August 4, 2021.

The conviction stems from an incident on January 24, 2020, when Hansen and Elissa Shultz, who lived in the same residence, entered an outdoor store in Pierre, and filled out ATF forms using Shultz’s information.  By using Schultz’s information, Hansen was able to purchase three firearms from the store.  Hansen cannot legally purchase or possess firearms due to a prior felony conviction.  A search warrant was executed on Hansen’s residence and business in August 2020, where multiple firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were seized. Schultz was previously sentenced on October 5, 2021, to 18 months probation for her involvement.       

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 Hyde County Sheriff’s Office, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan Dilges prosecuted the case.

Hansen is to self-report at a later time.



Updated November 2, 2021

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