United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Isabel man charged with Larceny was sentenced on November 28, 2011, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Dennis Melvin Hopkins, age 42, was sentenced to 8 days in custody, 6 months of supervised release, $1,000 in restitution to Four Bands Healing Center, and a $25 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Hopkins was indicted for Larceny by a federal grand jury on June 22, 2011. The conviction was the result of an incident that occurred between August 12 and August 27, 2010. At that time, Hopkins was employed by Four Bands Healing Center at Eagle Butte and was tasked with soliciting donations for the Center’s juvenile alcoholism prevention program. While soliciting donations, Hopkins picked up a donation of $1,000 from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and instead of giving that check to his employer Four Bands Healing Center, Hopkins cashed the check and took the money for his own use. He pled guilty to a Superseding Information that charged him with Larceny of $1,000 on August 30, 2011.
This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted the case.