A federal judge handed down the sentence to a Mission man convicted of prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Kerry Browning, 36, was sentenced to approximately six and a half months in custody until April 14, 2022, followed by 3 years of probation and a special contribution to the Federal Fund for Victims of Crime in an amount of $100.
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 gun in plain sight in his vehicle. Browning is a criminal and illegal user of a controlled substance, making him a banned person.
This case is part of the Safe Neighborhoods Project, the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through the PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, the PSN focuses its law enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and rehabilitation programs for a lasting reduction in crime.
This case was investigated by Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Browning was detained after his sentencing hearing.
AUGUST 13, 2021:
A 35-year-old Mission man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Kerry Browning has pleaded not guilty.
The indictment alleges that on April 11, 2021, in Todd County, Browning, who had previously been convicted of a felony punishable by more than one year’s imprisonment, and being a user illegal of a controlled substance, knowingly possessed a firearm, which had been previously shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
The maximum sentence if convicted is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release and $100 to the Federal Fund for Victims of Crime. Restitution may also be ordered.
This case is part of the Safe Neighborhoods Project, the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime.
The investigation is being conducted by Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant US Attorney Meghan Dilges is pursuing the case.
Browning was immediately released into the custody of the US Marshals Service.