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Philip Man Sentenced on Firearm Charge

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Philip, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on December 17, 2019, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Steven Frost, age 38, was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The charge related to Frost, a previously convicted felon prohibited from possessing firearms, knowingly possessing a Mossberg, model 500A, 12 gauge pump shotgun, a Smith & Wesson, model Bodyguard, .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and a Taurus, model PT738, .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, which were all found in Frost’s vehicle during a traffic stop near Black Hawk on January 5, 2018.

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 was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.

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

Updated December 19, 2019

Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods