Canton Man Sentenced for Sending Firearm in the Mail

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Canton, South Dakota, man convicted of Mailing a Firearm was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Kohl Hammer, age 19, was sentenced on May 20, 2019, to 3 years of probation and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Hammer was charged on September 18, 2018.  The charge related to Hammer knowingly mailing a Taurus, model 85B2, .38 Special caliber, double-action revolver in August 2018 at Rapid City, in violation of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Postal Service.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of its renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and local communities to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspector.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

Hammer was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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