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Last Week a Busy One for South Dakota U.S. Attorney

 

US Attorney Brendan Johnson
Department of Justice

(NPN) – Last week was a short but busy week for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Dakota.

Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson announced convictions, sentencing or charges in a number of matters, most concerning activities on South Dakota Indian reservations.

CHARGED/INDICTED:

·      Thomas Alexander Roberts, 33, from Milwaukee, Wisc., appeared before a U.S. Magistrate judge Nov. 26, 2013 and pleaded not guilty to the charges of transportation for prostitution, coercion and commercial sex trafficking.

In November 2013, Roberts allegedly transported a woman from Wisconsin to South Dakota with the intent to have her engage in prostitution and sexual activity.

·      Celso Estrada, Jr., 49, from Mission, S.D., appeared before a U.S. Magistrate judge Nov, 25, 2013 and pleaded not guilty to indictments fore assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Estrada is accused of stabbing two people at an apartment complex in Mission Nov. 16, 2013.

·      Dana Provincial, 35, from Wanblee, S.D., appeared before a U.S. Magistrate judge Nov. 25, 2013 and pleaded not guilty conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, sometime on or before 2009, Provincial conspired with others to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine.

·      Ruby Sazue, 20, from Fort Thompson, S.D., appeared before a U.S. Magistrate judge Nov. 26, 2013 and pleaded not guilty to larceny.

Sazue is alleged to have stolen a motor vehicle in Fort Thompson in October 2013.

CONVICTED/SENTENCED:

·      John Swift, age 55 of St. Francis, S.D. was sentenced to two years’ probation, a $500 fine, $9,458.49 in restitution, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for larceny. Swift was indicted by a federal grand jury Feb. 13, 2013 and pleaded guilty to the charge July 23, 2013.

The conviction stems from incidents that took place between August 2009 and December 2010, when Swift was the chief of the St. Francis Volunteer Fire Department.

·      Joseph Morrisette, 43, from Parmelee, S.D. was sentenced to nine months of custody, 18 months of supervised release, and $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for child abuse.

Morrisette’s conviction was the result of a July 9, 2013 incident when Morrisette was baby-sitting several children at his home while he was drinking. While he was intoxicated, he struck the victim and gave the child a black eye.

·      Crystal Lee Reeder, aka Crystal Taylor, 29, from Isabel, S.D., was sentenced to six months of probation and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for simple assault of a minor.

In May 2012, the victim went to Reeder’s home to visit. During the visit, Reeder asked the victim, who was under 16, inappropriate questions and offered alcohol to her, which she refused. While the victim was sitting on the couch, Reeder engaged in offensive touching of the victim and simple assault.

The FBI released these cases Monday.

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