Man sentenced to 2 years in prison after promising guided trophy hunts in central SD
A Huron man was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison for taking nearly $5,000 from Mitchell residents and telling them he was going to take them hunting.
Roger King, 51, was ordered by a Davison County court to pay $4,815.34 in restitution to the people he defrauded last fall.
According to court documents, Mitchell police were informed on Oct. 3 that King had taken money from five Mitchell residents, telling them that in exchange, he would take them on guided trophy game hunts for deer, elk and buffalo in Lower Brule.
When it came time for the scheduled hunts, those who had paid King were unable to find him, and they were told when they contacted tribal authorities that the hunts were invalid. King told police on Oct. 29 that he had used the money to pay for his living expenses.
King was charged with one count of grand theft of more than $2,500 and less than $5,000.01, a Class 5 felony. He pleaded guilty to that charge on April 2.
"Eight months ago I made a bad decision at both a practical and moral level," King said. "I'm truly sorry for all the harm I have caused."
King was sentenced to a five-year prison sentence with three years suspended, and Judge Chris Giles ordered that sentence to run concurrently with any prison time imposed at the federal level, as King was on parole for a 2014 federal conviction of second-degree burglary at the time of his arrest in Davison County.
King was charged with forgery in March in Davison County for allegedly stealing a box of checks and writing a check against a closed account. That charge was dismissed on April 2 when King pleaded guilty to grand theft.
According to a federal motion to revoke King's supervised release, filed in April, between the date of his first arrest and Tuesday's sentencing in Davison County, King was also charged with second-degree petty theft in Beadle County.
A revocation sentencing hearing for King's federal case is scheduled for next Wednesday.
For his conviction in Davison County, King must pay $106.50 in court costs and repay court-appointed attorney's fees.