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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Friday, May 17, 2019

Allen Man Sentenced for False Statement

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Allen, South Dakota, man convicted of False Statement was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Nathaniel “Thomas” Waters, age 46, was sentenced on May 16, 2019, to time served of 6 months, 2 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Waters was indicted for the charge by a federal grand jury in January 2018.  The charge related to Waters making false statements to law enforcement regarding the fire and homicide of his nephew at Waters’ residence at Allen on October 16, 2017.  Waters eventually admitted that his previous statements were false and that he lied during the prior interviews.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Office of Justice Services, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Megan Poppen and Ben Patterson prosecuted the case.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated May 17, 2019