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Pine Ridge Woman Pleads Guilty to False Statement

August 1, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Sophia Yellow Boy, age 21, of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken on July 31, 2012, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged her with False Statement. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 8 years' imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.

The charge relates to Yellow Boy reporting to the Bureau of Indian Affairs that she had been forcibly raped on December 25, 2011, when she knew this statement and representation was false. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for November 30, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.



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