Wounded Knee Man Indicted for Stealing Chainsaws
February 15, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wounded Knee man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly stealing chainsaws owned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and converting them to his own use.
Jeremy Elk, age 29, was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 24, 2012, for Theft of Government Property. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on February 9, 2012, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is one year of imprisonment and/or a $100,000 fine. The charge is merely an accusation, and Elk is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman is prosecuting the case. Elk was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.
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