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Sioux Falls Men Charged with Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Drug User in Possession of a Firearm

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

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that two Sioux Falls, South Dakota, men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Drug User in Possession of a Firearm.

Harry Nyemah, age 18, and Ebenezer Jatenaw, age 18, were indicted on January 4, 2022.  They both appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on January 12, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and up to $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about December 14, 2021, Nyemah and Jatenaw were found in possession of a stolen firearm, a Rock River Arms LAR 15, 5.56x45mm NATO Caliber, semi-automatic pistol, which had been previously shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.  Nyemah is also alleged to be an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm.

The charges are merely accusations and Nyemah and Jatenaw are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.   

Nyemah and Jatenaw were released on bond pending trial which has been set for March 22, 2022.

Updated January 14, 2022

Firearms Offenses