- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A convicted felon has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison for possessing a gun and distributing methamphetamine in South Dakota.

The 53-year-old Martin Purdom, of Ephrata, Washington, has been sentenced in federal court in Rapid City after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

The office of South Dakota’s U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says Purdom was involved in distributing more than 500 grams - over 17 ounces - of methamphetamine in the state between July 2014 and April 2015.

Authorities say Purdom was also found in possession of a pistol in March 2015 even though he was banned from having a weapon because of a previous felony conviction.

Purdom is under the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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