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Federal court case round-up from the U.S. Department of Justice for the District of South Dakota

The U.S. DOJ released six cases seen by a federal grand jury.

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SIOUX FALLS — The United States Attorney's Office for the District of South Dakota has released six federal offense cases this week.

William Bear Robe, 39 of Chadron, Nebraska, was found guilty of Abusive Sexual Contact following a federal jury trial in Rapid City, South Dakota.

The verdict was returned on Sept. 22, 2022. The conviction stems from Bear Robe engaging in sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 in 2012 at Oglala, South Dakota, which was investigated by FBI.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in custody, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime term of supervised release.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date will be set. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Lucy Medicine Eagle, age 31, of Rosebud, S.D., has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Second Degree Murder.

The indictment alleges that on March 28, 2022, at Rosebud, in Todd County, South Dakota, Medicine Eagle allegedly killed a man by assaulting him and striking him in the head.

Medicine Eagle was indicted in June of 2022. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollman on September 27, 2022, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, five years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

Medicine Eagle was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Amber Ashlin, 33 of Rapid City, was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison after being convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Her sentence included five years of supervised release and Ashlin was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from Ashlin conspiring with others to distribute multiple pounds of methamphetamine in and around Rapid City between January 2018 and December 2021.

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Ashlin was indicted by a federal grand jury in January of 2022 and pleaded guilty in June of 2022.Ashlin remains in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Eric Paul Archambault, 33 of Bullhead, S.D., was convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Between 2018 and 2020, Archambault knowingly conspired with others to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Archambault was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury in October of 2021. He pleaded guilty on June 27, 2022.

Archambault was sentenced on Sept. 26, 2022, to 40 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. He was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Alexandria Warner, 29 of Box Elder, S.D., was convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

Warner was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Warner was also ordered by the court to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Warner assisted a co-conspirator in distributing between 500 grams and 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine upon its arrival to the Rapid City area. The methamphetamine was distributed to others for use and further distribution. Warner also collected money for methamphetamine that she provided to her co-conspirator, who is currently awaiting trial.

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Warner was indicted by a federal grand jury in February of 2022 and eventually pleaded guilty on June 17, 2022. Warner was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Dustin Gallegos, Jr., 25 of Mission, S.D., was indicted in May of 2022 by a federal grand jury for Larceny.

The indictment alleges that on March 7, 2022, in Todd County, S.D., Gallegos stole personal property with a value of more than $1,000.

Gallegos was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

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