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Rapid City Woman Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person

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, woman convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on December 16, 2016, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Lydia Dowty, age 21, was sentenced to 8 months’ custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Dowty pleaded guilty to the charge on August 26, 2016.  The conviction stemmed from Dowty possessing a .45 caliber pistol on April 1, 2016, at Rapid City.  Dowty was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time, and was prohibited from possessing firearms.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and the Rapid City Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.

Dowty was immediately returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated December 20, 2016

Firearms Offenses