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Eagle Butte Man Charged with Failure to Register

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Vine Janis, age 38, was indicted on March 12, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 19, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between July 6 and July 17, 2017; April 1 through June 18, 2018; and September 1 through October 19, 2018, Janis failed to register and update his registration under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The charge is merely an accusation and Janis is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.   

Janis was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated April 24, 2019

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