Rapid City Man Indicted for Escape
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City man was indicted by a federal grand jury for failing to return to the Community Alternatives of the Black Hills, where he was serving part of a federal sentence, after being issued a temporary pass.
Eric LaDeaux, age 26, was indicted on September 25, 2012, for Escape from Custody. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on November 8, 2012, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years' imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. The charge is merely an accusation, and LaDeaux is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case. LaDeaux was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.