United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Allen, South Dakota, man convicted of First Degree Burglary was sentenced on April 28, 2014, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.
George Cortier, age 26, was sentenced to 6 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Cortier was indicted for First Degree Burglary by a federal grand jury on November 19, 2013. He pled guilty on January 13, 2014.
The conviction relates to an incident that happened in July of 2013 when Cortier entered a residence through a basement window during the nighttime while the resident of the home was sleeping. Once inside the home, Cortier stole three television sets, a VCR, a handsaw, and a chainsaw.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.
Cortier was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.