Black Hawk man sentenced to federal prison for illegal possession of firearms

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A Black Hawk man convicted of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person has been punished by a federal judge.

Cole Younger was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison, followed by three years of probation, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Relief Fund.

The conviction stems from Younger, a previously convicted felon who is prohibited from owning firearms, illegally possessing a loaded SCCY Industries, Model CPX-2, Luger caliber 9x19mm, semi-automatic pistol, which were found after Younger came into contact with law enforcement in June 2021 in Rapid City.

This case is part of the Safe Neighborhoods Project, the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s violent crime reduction efforts. The NSP 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.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Rapid City Police Department.

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