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Rapid City Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Ammunition

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

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Ammunition by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on February 9, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.

Jake Williams, age 38, was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 22, 2021, and pleaded guilty on July 26, 2021.  The conviction stems from Williams, a previously convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing ammunition, knowingly possessing 9mm rounds of ammunition which were found after Williams came into contact with law enforcement in April 2021 at Rapid City.

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, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Rapid City Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

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

Updated February 17, 2022

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