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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 18, 2020

Sioux Falls Man Charged with Possession of a Firearm While Under Indictment

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession of a Firearm While Under Indictment.

Judah Conrad Wainscoat, age 29, was indicted on September 1, 2020.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on September 17, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 5 years in federal prison 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 Indictment alleges that on or about April 27, 2020, Wainscoat, while subject to an indictment filed in state court in South Dakota that charged a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, received a 9mm Luger caliber, semi-automatic pistol, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

The charge is merely an accusation and Wainscoat is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Sioux Falls Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.   

Wainscoat was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has been set for November 24, 2020.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated September 18, 2020