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Pukwana Man Indicted for Sexual Abuse

February 17, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pukwana, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse and Sexual Abuse.

Sonny J. Antelope, age 19, was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 8, 2011, for Aggravated Sexual Abuse and Sexual Abuse. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 17, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; a mandatory minimum of 5 years up to life of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment. Restitution may also be ordered. The charge is merely an accusation, and Antelope is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency. Assistant United States Attorney Britt Haxton is prosecuting the case. Antelope was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.

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