Murdo Man Indicted in Federal Court for Firearm Offenses

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Murdo man has been indicted in federal court for two counts of “Firearm Offenses”.    41-year-old Shaun Sporrer is charged for an incident that occurred in March in Murdo.  Federal court papers say the charges are the result of Sporrer unlawfully possessing a stolen firearm; namely a Smith and Wesson .38 Special revolver.

Sporrer was arrested March 1 after law enforcers were told he had pointed a gun at another person.  Authorities said he had stolen a pistol from a Murdo residence and pointed it at another man.  Officials said some people reported hearing gunshots within Sporrer’s residence after he went to his home, later.  He was taken into custody 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.

For the federal charges, Sporrer entered not guilty pleas this week and has requested a jury trial.  Firearms Offenses carry a maximum penalty of ten years in custody, a $250,000 fine or both.  A jury trial has been set in Sporrer’s case for May 14.  He is being detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service until then.

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