Weather Forecast


Fort Thompson man pleads guilty to firearm charge

A Fort Thompson man has pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Bryant Ross, 39, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on Aug. 29 and pleaded guilty to the indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both, three years of supervised release, an additional two years of supervised release upon revocation, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge stems from an incident Feb. 23 when a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer made contact with Ross in the Old Fort campground area off Highway 47. It was learned that Ross had an active tribal warrant. During his arrest on the tribal warrant, it was learned there were two firearms in Ross' possession.

Ross was convicted in 1998 of possession of controlled substance-meth, which prohibits him from possessing a firearm.

Ross was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing, which has been set for November.