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St. Francis Man Pled Not Guilty to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

October 5, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Vernon Blackhorse, age 61, was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 13, 2011. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 5, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years’ custody, a $250,000 fine, or both. Restitution may also be ordered.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshal's Service and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers. Blackhorse was remanded to the custody of the Unites States Marshal.




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