United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Michael Alford, age 31, of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on October 31, 2013, and pled guilty to Larceny.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
The charge relates to Alford and others stealing items from a house in Pine Ridge in the early morning hours of December 15, 2012. The items, valued at more than $1,000, included but were not limited to, an air compressor, tools, electronic devices, DVDs, games and jewelry.
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 will be set. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing.