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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Waubay Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Waubay, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on July 12, 2021, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Levi Ambrose Locke, age 29, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Locke was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 12, 2021.  He pled guilty on April 12, 2021.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on or about October 2, 2020, when Locke, who had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year and was also an unlawful user of a controlled substance, possessed a Sturm Ruger .22 long rifle, semi-automatic rifle, which had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce. 

Locke knew he was prohibited from owning firearms due to his previous conviction.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.

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

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Updated July 15, 2021