Rapid City man charged with unlawful possession of firearm and threats against the President
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man was charged in federal district court with Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and Threats Against the President, according to an announcement by United States Attorney Ron Parsons.
Lucian Celestine, age 29, was indicted on August 20, 2020, and September 17, 2020. Celestine appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on September 11, 2020, and pleaded not guilty to the firearms charge.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charges relate to Celestine, a person prohibited from possessing firearms, acquiring and possessing a Browning bolt-action rifle, scope, and ammunition in late June of 2020 at Rapid City.
Celestine allegedly threatened to shoot President Donald Trump by climbing Mount Rushmore and shooting the President from the top of the memorial during the Independence Day celebration.
The investigation is being conducted by the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, the Rapid City Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the United States Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman is prosecuting the case.
Celestine was detained pending trial. A trial date has been set for November 17, 2020.