United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced on February 6, 2012, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Michael Yellow Eagle, age 55, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in custody, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Yellow Eagle was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 13, 2011, and pled guilty to the charge on November 15, 2011.
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. Assistant United States Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers prosecuted the case.
Yellow Eagle was immediately turned over to the custody of the United States Marshal.