A 33 year old man from Pierre has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm.
Cody Dewell pleaded not guilty.
The Indictment alleges that on May 25, 2022, Dewell, being a convicted felon and an unlawful user of a controlled substance, knowingly possessed a firearm.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, the South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Dewell was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.