United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Laverne White Horse, age 22, of Antelope, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on October 19, 2011. White Horse pled guilty to Larceny. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The charge stems from an incident that took place on January 14, 2009, in Mission when White Horse and his co-defendant saw a car with the keys inside and decided to take the car. White Horse directed his co-defendant to pick him up down the road. The two then took the car and drove to a house to pick up two other passengers. The four drove around town before going to Antelope Dam where the car was driven at a high rate of speed and wrecked by breaking one of its axles. The car was considered a total loss.
The investigation was conducted by Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for January 10, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.