United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Tyrell Running Bear, age 20, of Bismarck, North Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on March 13, 2012, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with Interstate Transportation of Stolen Vehicle. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The conviction arose from an incident in December 2011 when Tyrell Running Bear came upon a 2010 Subaru Forester that was running to warm up in a driveway in Bismarck, North Dakota, and stole it. Running Bear then drove the stolen vehicle from Bismarck to Eagle Butte, South Dakota, across the North Dakota/South Dakota state line. While he was in South Dakota, Running Bear obtained gas for which he did not pay and was subsequently apprehended in Eagle Butte inside the stolen 2010 Subaru Forester.
The investigation was conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for June 4, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.