United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Trudell Smith, Jr., age 20, of Parmelee, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on October 4, 2011, and pled guilty to First Degree Burglary. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 25 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The charge stems from an incident that took place on the evening of July 17, 2011, when Smith was intoxicated and broke into a residence by crawling through a bedroom window during the nighttime. Smith entered the residence with the intent to commit a crime inside the home.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tim Maher.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for December 19, 2011. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.