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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, July 22, 2018

Pine Ridge Man Sentenced for Possession of a Stolen Firearm

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Stolen Firearm was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Cole Brewer, age 27, was sentenced on July 13, 2018, to 37 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Brewer was indicted for the charge by a federal grand jury on April 18, 2017.  The charge related to Brewer being in possession of a stolen Sig Sauer .380 pistol in 2016 after being involved in a vehicle chase and crash. 

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.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s 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 the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.

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

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated July 22, 2018