Nearly 5 years in prison in federal gun theft case

RAPID CITY (AP) – One of the two men who pleaded guilty to being involved with the theft of two dozen guns from a Rapid City store has been sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison.

Twenty-nine-year-old Zephaniah Thompson pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the theft of firearms from the Rooster last January. District Judge Jeffrey Viken sentenced Thompson to 57 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release Thursday afternoon.

KOTA-TV reports Thompson admitted to dropping Matthew Keifer off near the Rooster 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. Twenty-two of the 24 guns were recovered.

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


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