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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 22, 2016

St. Francis Man Charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Craig Edward Valandra, age 34, was indicted on July 19, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 19, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody 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 June 20, 2016, at St. Francis, Valandra, having previously been convicted of a felony, knowingly possessed a firearm.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk W. Albertson is prosecuting the case.   

Valandra was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  Trial has been set for November 15, 2016.

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Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated September 22, 2016