Black Hawk Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Firearms | USAO-SD

Acting United States attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a man from Black Hawk, South Dakota, convicted of two cases of prohibited person possession of a firearm, has been convicted by District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken .

Dana Greening, 26, was sentenced to 100 months in prison on April 15, 2021, followed by three years’ custody release. She was ordered to pay the Federal Crime Victims Fund a special assessment of $ 200.

The charges relate to Greening, a previously convicted criminal prohibited from possession of firearms, who knowingly possesses a Glock Model 19 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a .40 caliber hi-point pistol, both with erased serial numbers. The Glock pistol was one of 24 firearms stolen by two other people from The Rooster sports shop in Rapid City in August 2018. During the investigation, 22 of the 24 stolen weapons were recovered by law enforcement agencies.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for all. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of its renewed focus on fighting violent criminals, instructing all U.S. law firms to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and local communities to develop effective local-level strategies Reduce violent crime.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Justice Department’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Project Guardian was initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019 and builds on the ministry’s previously successful gun violence reduction programs. Improves coordination of federal, state, local and tribal agencies in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; Improves the exchange of information by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a Prohibited Person attempts to buy a firearm and is rejected by the National Immediate Criminal Background System (NICS), including appropriate action if a potential buyer rejected by the NICS on mental health grounds; and ensures that federal funds are directed to the criminals who pose the greatest threat to our communities. For more information on Project Guardian, please visit:

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the South Dakota Criminal Investigation Department, the Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. U.S. Assistant Attorney Benjamin Patterson is pursuing the case.

Greening was immediately placed in the care of the US Marshals Service.

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