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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Eagle Butte Man Charged with Stalking and Mailing Threatening Communications

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Stalking and Mailing Threatening Communications.

Gaylen Sampson, age 43, was indicted on October 17, 2017.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 14, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 5 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between November 2016 and September 2017, Sampson used the mail to send threatening and harassing communications.

The charges are merely accusations and Sampson is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.   

Sampson was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated May 17, 2018