United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of larceny was sentenced on June 20, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Sage Nelson, age 29, was sentenced to time served, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Nelson was indicted for Larceny by a federal grand jury on December 8, 2015. He pled guilty on March 29, 2016.
The conviction stems from a June 19, 2015, incident when Nelson stole a pickup truck that was parked in front of the Eagle Bar in Eagle Butte. The owner had left the keys in the vehicle while he went inside to visit with his brother. Acting on a report from Nelson’s girlfriend, law enforcement located the vehicle and a Corson County deputy conducted a felony (high-risk) traffic stop about 76 miles from where the vehicle was stolen. Nelson was the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle. His BAC was .156 and several open containers were recovered from the interior of the vehicle.
This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, the Corson County Sheriff’s Department, the Mobridge City Police Department, the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.