Sioux Falls Men Charged with Possession of a Firearm by Prohibited Person | USAO-SD

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that two Sioux Falls, South Dakota, men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.

Johnathan David Hackett, age 39, was indicted on October 6, 2020, and was also charged with Possession of a Stolen Firearm.  He appeared before Veronica L. Duffy on October 14, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment. 

Allen Vincent Shropshire, age 59, was indicted on October 6, 2020.  He also appeared before Veronica L. Duffy on October 14, 2020, 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.

On or about May 23, 2020, in the District of South Dakota, Hackett, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, and then knowing he had been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly and intentionally possessed, sold, and disposed of a stolen firearm, knowing it was stolen, which had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.

On or about September 20, 2020, in the District of South Dakota, Shropshire, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, and then knowing he had been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly and intentionally possess a firearm, which had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.

The charges are merely accusations and Hackett and Shropshire 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 Connie Larson is prosecuting both cases.   

Hackett was returned to state custody, and Shropshire was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set for either matter.

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