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Mission Woman Sentenced for Possession of a Stolen Firearm

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Mission, South Dakota, woman convicted of Possession of a Stolen Firearm was sentenced on October 16, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Stephanie Bear Heels, age 31, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in custody, followed by 2 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Bear Heels was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 15, 2017.  She pled guilty on June 27, 2017.

The conviction stems from an incident between November 11-13, 2016, when 14 firearms were stolen from a home in Mission.

Bear Heels obtained one of the stolen firearms following the burglary of the home.  She and co-defendant Angelito Moran knew that co-defendants Keith and Kevin Bordeaux were looking for guns to buy/trade for narcotics.  Co-defendant Keith Bordeaux purchased a rifle from Moran and Bear Heels for $50 worth of methamphetamine.

Bear Heels knew or had reason to know that firearm was stolen and the possession of the firearm by any person other than the owner would be unlawful. Further, Bear Heels sold the firearm for illegal narcotics. 

Co-defendant Angelito Moran pleaded guilty and was sentenced on September 5, 2017, to 18 months of custody.

Co-defendant Keith Bordeaux has filed a plea agreement.  Co-defendant Kevin Bordeaux is awaiting trial, which is currently set for November 14, 2017.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

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

Updated October 17, 2017

Firearms Offenses
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