United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that two men from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a woman from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for makes a false statement in connection with the purchase of a firearm.
Shyene Marie Clemens, 25, Matthew Lebahn, 23, and Jayden Guenther, 20, were charged on March 1, 2022. Clemens appeared before U.S. Magistrate Veronica L. Duffy on March 7, 2022. Lebahn and Guenther appeared before United States. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on March 11, 2022. All three defendants pleaded not guilty to the indictment.
The maximum sentence if convicted is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release and up to $200 to the Federal Fund for Victims of Crime . Restitution may also be ordered.
The indictment alleges that on or about May 6, 2021, Clemens knowingly made a false and fictitious written statement to Gary’s Gun Shop. Clemens falsely stated that she was buying a gun for herself, when in fact she was buying it for Guenther.
Count 2 of the indictment alleges that on or about August 27, 2021, Lebahn knowingly made a false and fictitious written statement to Scheels. Lebahn falsely stated that he was buying a gun for himself, when in fact he was buying it for Guenther.
Charges are just charges and Clemens, Lebahn and Guenther are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The investigation is being led by Homeland Security Investigations, the Sioux Falls Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.
The three defendants have been released on bail pending their trial, which has not yet been set.