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Kyle Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Liquor on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

November 5, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Thomas Lays Hard, age 49, of Kyle, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on October 29, 2012, and pled guilty to a charge of Intoxicants Possessed Unlawfully in Indian Country. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 1 year of imprisonment and/or a $100,000 fine.

In May 2012, near Kyle, Lays Hard possessed vodka and malt liquor. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne A. Venhuizen.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for January 22, 2013. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.



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