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Rapid City Man Charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man was charged in federal district court with Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.  

Damian Buchholz, age 33, was charged on October 22, 2019.  Buchholz appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on November 1, 2019, and pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge relates to Buchholz, a previously convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms, unlawfully possessing a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver, both with an obliterated serial number, in September 2019 at Rapid City.  The charges are merely accusations and Buchholz 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Rapid City Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Patterson is prosecuting the case.

Buchholz was detained pending trial.  A trial date has not been set. 

Updated November 7, 2019

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