Lower Brule Man Pleads Guilty to Burglary
Assistant United States Attorney
U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Tyler Walters, age 25, of Lower Brule, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on June 20, 2012, and pled guilty to Count I of an indictment that charged him with Third Degree Burglary. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The conviction stems from an incident on July 17, 2011, when Walters and another individual broke into a store in Lower Brule by breaking a window and pulling back the mesh screen. After entering the store, over $3,000 of items were stolen. Walters and the other individual were identified when law enforcement viewed the surveillance tapes from the time of the incident.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for September 10, 2012.