Eagle Butte Man Indicted on Firearm Charges

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Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm.

Tahlon Ducheneaux, age 28, was indicted on July 13, 2021.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 19, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered. 

The Indictment alleges that on March 23, 2021, in Eagle Butte, Ducheneaux, knowing he was a convicted felon, did knowingly possess a firearm.  

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The charge is merely an accusation and Ducheneaux is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

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. 

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The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.   

Ducheneaux was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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