Eagle Butte Man, Neil Blue Coat Sentenced on Firearm Charge
(STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on April 12, 2021, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.
Neil Blue Coat, age 35, was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims fund in the amount of $100, and forfeiture of three handguns and ammunition.
Blue Coat was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 11, 2020. He pled guilty on January 11, 2021.
On July 14, 2017, in Eagle Butte, Blue Coat knowingly possessed a handgun while being a user of methamphetamine and marijuana. Blue Coat was also arrested on September 26, 2019, with two more handguns, marijuana, and several items of drug paraphernalia in Eagle Butte. The manufacturer’s serial number had been obliterated from one of the handguns.
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.