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Wakpala Man Charged With Felon In Possession Of Firearm

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

United  States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wakpala, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Felon in Possession of Firearm.

Ronald Moran, Sr., age 36, was indicted on May 13, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on May 20, 2014, 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 January 9, 2014, Moran, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed and received a firearm which had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Law Enforcement Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.   

Moran was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set. 

Updated June 22, 2015