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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced to Over Three Years for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person. The sentencing took place on June 6, 2023, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Richard Paul Olson, age 33, was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $100 as a statutorily required special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and forfeiture of the firearm was ordered by the Court.

Olson was indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person by a federal grand jury in September of 2022. He pleaded guilty on May 10, 2023.

According to court documents, during the execution of a warrant at Olson’s residence on April 21, 2022, law enforcement located a firearm loaded with a round in the chamber and four rounds in the magazine in his residence.  Olson was in possession of that firearm, storing it in his nightstand. Olson is prohibited from possessing firearms due to previous felony convictions.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, SD Highway Patrol, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.

Olson was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to continue serving his sentence.

Updated June 9, 2023

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