Fort Thompson Man Pleads to Larceny Charge
Assistant United States Attorney
U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Aaron Grass Rope, age 19, of Fort Thompson, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on August 14, 2012, and pled guilty to count 1 of an indictment that charged him with Larceny. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years' imprisonment.
The conviction stems from an incident in July 2011 when Grass Rope was at a residence and stole 8 check blanks out of a checkbook that belonged to another without permission to do so. Over approximately 5 days, he wrote checks to himself and cashed them at a grocery store. The total dollar amount of the checks was $1,700.
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 October 2, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.