Pierre Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Prohibited Possession of a Firearm

SIOUX FALLS – United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Pierre, South Dakota, man, convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person. The sentencing took place on January 30, 2024, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

James Dubray, 20, was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $100 as a statutorily required special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Dubray was indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person by a federal grand jury in October of 2022. He pleaded guilty on September 27, 2023.

On September 5, 2022, Dubray was inside a vehicle when it was legally stopped by law enforcement. During the stop, Dubray fled from law enforcement. He was eventually located near an apartment complex and placed under arrest. During Dubray’s arrest, he knowingly had on his person a firearm magazine as well as methamphetamine. Additionally, law enforcement found a firearm approximately 10 yards from Dubray’s location, which Dubray has discarded while running from law enforcement. At the time, Dubray was an active unlawful user of methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm. Dubray had used methamphetamine earlier that same day and had been using methamphetamine daily well before he was arrested.

Dubray is prohibited from possessing firearms because he was addicted to a controlled substance at the time he possessed the firearm.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Sioux Falls Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paige Petersen prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Dubray was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to continue serving his sentence.


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