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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