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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Arson

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 convicted of Arson was sentenced on June 17, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Shane Taken Alive, age 28, was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release.  The Defendant was ordered to pay $572,506.50 in restitution to the victim of the arson, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Taken Alive was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 18, 2017.  He pled guilty on March 19, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on April 12, 2017, when Taken Alive got into an argument with an individual and walked to the school in Takini, South Dakota, where he broke a window to get inside and set fire to one of the school buildings. 

This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

Taken Alive was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.  

Updated June 25, 2019

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