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Rapid City Man Charged with Illegally Possessing Firearms

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man was charged in federal district court with Possession of an Unregistered Firearm and Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

Vance Layne Woodford, age 46, was charged on February 22, 2017. Woodford appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on June 14, 2017, and pleaded not guilty to the charges. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment 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 charges relate to Woodford illegally being in possession of a firearm suppressor and a .223 caliber rifle. The charges are merely an accusation and Woodford is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Patterson is prosecuting the case.

Woodford was released pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 20, 2017

Firearms Offenses