United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced on January 13, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Jewell Iron Heart, age 21, was sentenced to 21 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Iron Heart was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 17, 2013. He pled guilty on November 19, 2013.
The conviction stems from the fact that Iron Heart has previously admitted to an offense that requires him to register as a sex offender for life. Iron Heart registered as a sex offender for the first time in May 2012. On March 18, 2013, Iron Heart was arrested on a federal warrant due to violating conditions of his supervision. He was placed at the Community Alternatives of the Black Hills (CABH) facility in Rapid City by his probation officer.
On August 7, 2013, Iron Heart registered the CABH facility as his address in compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. On August 18, 2013, Iron Heart absconded from the facility, and since that date, Iron Heart has not updated his sex offender registration as required by law.
The investigation was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.
Iron Heart was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.