Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Making a False Statement in the Acquisition of a Firearm was sentenced on August 23, 2021, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.
Zachary Taylor Bobbs, age 36, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.
Bobbs was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 1, 2020. He pled guilty on June 1, 2021.
The conviction stemmed from an incident on November 8, 2019, when Bobbs knowingly made a false and fictitious written statement to a federally licensed firearms dealer when he tried to purchase a firearm. Said written statement was likely to deceive the firearms dealer. Bobbs falsely indicated on ATF Form 4473 that he had never been convicted of a felony and that he had never been convicted of a domestic violence when, in fact, he had been convicted of both.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Deputy Chief John E. Haak prosecuted the case.
Bobbs was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
District of South Dakota