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Friday, November 8, 2019

Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced on November 7, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Vine Janis, age 39, was sentenced to 4 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Janis was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 12, 2019.  He pled guilty on August 12, 2019.

Janis was convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact in June 2001.  As a result of this conviction, he is required to register as a sex offender.  Janis updated the sex offender registry on February 7, 2018, to an address in Cherry Creek, South Dakota.  On May 31, 2018, a compliance officer did a compliance check at the listed Cherry Creek address and found that Janis had moved out of the residence.  Janis was later found residing at another address.  From April 1, 2018, through the time of his arrest on June 18, 2018, Janis did not register as a sex offender or update his sex offender registration.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

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

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Updated November 8, 2019