Rapid City man sentenced to federal prison on firearms charges

A 33-year-old Rapid City man convicted of possession of a firearm by a banned person was punished by a federal judge in South Dakota.

Darius Emery was sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a special $ 100 payment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction comes from Emery, who was previously convicted of a crime denied possession of firearms, a semi-automatic pistol, and a double-action revolver that were found after Emery met with Rapid City officials in August 2019 and June 2020 Police Department had come into contact.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, at the heart of the Justice Department’s efforts to reduce violent crime. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to solve them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses its enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and works with local prevention and re-entry programs to reduce crime on a sustainable basis.

This case has been investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Rapid City Police Department. U.S. Assistant Attorney Benjamin Patterson is pursuing the case.

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

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