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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 Ron Parsons announced that a Houston, Minnesota, man convicted of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Jacob Jurisch, age 32, was sentenced on July 26, 2019, to 5 years and 10 months in federal prison, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  He was also ordered to forfeit a firearm.

Jurisch was indicted by a federal grand jury in January 2019.  The charge related to Jurisch being a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by law enforcement in Rapid City on November 17, 2019, while in possession of a shotgun that he knew was stolen.

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.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rapid City Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.

Jurisch was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated July 31, 2019