Murdo Man Charged in State Court Now Facing Federal Charge of Possession of a Stolen Firearm

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Murdo man made an initial appearance in federal court earlier this week on a criminal complaint for Possession of a Stolen Firearm.  41-year-old Shaun Sporrer was arrested March 1 in Murdo after reports that he had pointed a gun at another person.   Authorities allege that Sporrer had stolen a pistol from a Murdo residence and pointed it at a man.  He was taken into custody at his residence on state charges that included Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Grand Theft of a Firearm, Threatening a Law Officer, Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated, Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

He is now also facing the federal charge of Possessing a Stolen Firearm.  He appeared in federal court in Pierre on Tuesday and a preliminary hearing will be held at a later date.  Possession of a Stolen Firearm carries a maximum penalty of ten years in custody, a $250,000 fine or both along with three years of supervised release.   Sporrer is being detained while he awaits further proceedings in the federal case.

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