Mission Man Sentenced for Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm

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United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Mission, South Dakota man convicted of Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm was sentenced on March 21, 2022, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Kerry Browning, age 36, was sentenced to about six and half months of custody  through April 14, 2022, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Browning was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 8, 2021.  He pled guilty on December 30, 2021.

The conviction stems from an incident on April 11, 2021, in Todd County, South Dakota, when law enforcement received a call that Browning was driving recklessly.  When law enforcement made contact with Browning, they observed a rifle in plain view in his vehicle.  Browning is felon and an unlawful user of a controlled substance making him a prohibited person.  

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.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan Dilges prosecuted the case.

Browning was detained following his sentencing hearing.