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Rapid City Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison on Robbery Charge

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Interference with Commerce by Robbery and Use and Brandishing of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime of Violence was sentenced by Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Judge.

Shannon Larive, age 27, was sentenced on July 12, 2021, to 12 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Between March 16, 2020, and March 21, 2020, Larive and his co-defendants were involved in the armed robbery of three casinos in Rapid City and one attempted armed robbery. During each armed robbery, Larive brandished a firearm and demanded money from an employee of the casino. Those employees, fearing injury, complied with the demands and gave the cash from the register to Larive. Larive and his co-defendants would then flee the scene. Larive was later apprehended by law enforcement following a vehicle and foot pursuit. Officers recovered dozens of .22 caliber rounds of ammunition from Larive’s vehicle, as well as a .22 caliber pistol that Larive had discarded during the foot pursuit.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

Larive was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated July 22, 2021

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