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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Mission Man Indicted on Firearm Charges

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm.

Bryan Herman, age 54, was indicted on September 10, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 2, 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 July 15, 2016, Herman, an unlawful user of, and addicted to, a controlled substance, did knowingly possess, receive, conceal, store, barter, sell, and dispose of a stolen firearm, which had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.

The charges are merely accusations and Herman 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 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 is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Elmore is prosecuting the case.   

Herman 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 October 3, 2019