United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Michael Yellow Eagle, age 55, of Mission, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on November 15, 2011, and pled guilty to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.
On March 19, 2002, Michael Yellow Eagle was convicted of felony Gross Sexual Imposition in the state of Ohio. The Court sentenced Yellow Eagle to a one year prison term and also ordered that he register as a sex offender. Yellow Eagle was required to register annually and within 7 days of relocating to a new residence for a period of 10 years after his release.
In 2008, after Yellow Eagle was released from prison, he traveled to the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. Yellow Eagle did not register as a sex offender from the time he arrived in Rosebud in 2008 until August 31, 2011.
The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshal's Service and 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 February 6, 2011. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.