Pine Ridge Man Pleads to Third Degree Burglary
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Phillip George, age 19, of Pine Ridge, appeared before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken on June 11, 2012, and pleaded guilty to a charge of Third Degree Burglary. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years' imprisonment and/or a $20,000 fine.
In July 2011, George broke into a Pine Ridge business and stole cigarettes. The investigation was conducted by the Oglala Sioux Tribe-Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for October 15, 2012. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.