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Convicted felon indicted for firearm possession

A Lower Brule man who had previously been convicted of a felony pleaded not guilty on Oct. 23 to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Prior to his appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno, 32-year-old Vincent Battese was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 16, according to a Sunday press release from U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons.

The indictment alleges that Battese knowingly possessed and received a firearm on Oct. 5. If convicted, Battese faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in a federal prison, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release and a $100 payment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, as well as any applicable restitution.

Battese was remanded to the U.S. Marshals Service. A trial date has not yet been set.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs' Lower Brule Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.

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