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Minnesota Man Sentenced for Possession of an Unregistered Firearm

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Bloomington Prairie, Minnesota, man convicted of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm was sentenced on February 26, 2016, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Nathaniel Bachelder, age 35, was sentenced to time served, of approximately 7 months in federal custody, 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Bachelder was indicted for the charge on March 17, 2015, and pled guilty on November 6, 2015.

The conviction stems from Bachelder possessing an unregistered destructive device, more specifically, a zip gun, which is a homemade slam-type weapon consisting of two sections of pipe, while traveling through Mt. Rushmore on December 14, 2014.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the National Park Service Law Enforcement Rangers.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.

Updated March 7, 2016