Two Men Charged with Transportation and Possession of Explosives
United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man, and a Harrisburg, South Dakota, man have been indicted by a federal grand jury for Transportation of Explosive Materials and Possession of Explosives by a Prohibited Person.
Nathaniel Johnson, age 29, and William Fralick, age 30, were indicted on January 17, 2018. They appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 2, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $500,000 fine, 6 years of supervised release, and up to $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on January 19, 2017, Johnson and Fralick, knowing they were not licensed or permitted, transported explosive materials. Johnson and Fralick are also prohibited from possessing explosives as they each have convictions for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.
The charges are merely accusations and Johnson and Fralick are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.
Johnson and Fralick were remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.