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Thompson Sentenced
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Thompson Sentenced

One of two men involved in gun thefts sentenced to prison


News Staff - June 6, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. - One of two men who pleaded guilty to being involved with the theft of two dozen guns from the Rooster in Rapid City last August was sentenced in federal court Thursday afternoon.

Zephaniah Thompson, 29, pleaded guilty in January to aiding and abetting the theft of firearms.

District Judge Jeffrey Viken sentenced Thompson to 57 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release.

In the factual basis statement signed by Thompson, he admitted to dropping Matthew Keifer off near the Rooster on West Main the morning of the theft and then picking him up a short time later.

They took the guns back to Thompson's residence in Fairburn where serial numbers were grinded off some of the guns. Since the theft, investigators have recovered 22 of the 24 stolen guns.

Matthew Keifer pleaded guilty to theft of firearms in April and has not yet been sentenced.



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