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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced for Stolen Firearm Offense

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of possessing a stolen firearm was sentenced on April 30, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

William Willis, age 35, was sentenced to 53 months in custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

WIllis was indicted for Possession of a Stolen Firearm by a federal grand jury on August 7, 2018.  He pled guilty on February 4, 2019.

On February 13, 2018, the Sioux Falls Police Department received a report that Willis had stolen his former employer’s 9mm handgun.  That evening, Sioux Falls Police Department officers stopped Willis’ vehicle for a traffic violation.  An officer performed a pat-down search and located the firearm concealed beneath Willis’ coat in his back waistband. 

This case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Nash prosecuted the case.

Willis was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated May 4, 2019

Firearms Offenses