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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mission Man Charged With Burglary And Larceny

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Burglary and Larceny.

Eugene Watts, Jr., age 19, was indicted on April 15, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 28, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 5 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about July 24, 2013, in Mission, Watts and others entered an unoccupied structure and took several items valued at more than $1,000.

The charge is merely an accusation and Watts is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers is prosecuting the case.   

Watts was released to a third party custodian pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015