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Eagle Butte Woman Sentenced for Criminal Contempt

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman convicted of Criminal Contempt was sentenced on December 12, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Demi Marie Gunville, age 25, was sentenced to 3 days in the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, 27 days of home confinement, a fine of $1,000, and a mandatory special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $10.

Ms. Gunville was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 16, 2017.  She pled guilty on December 12, 2017.

On January 27, 2017, Ms. Gunville agreed to be a third-party custodian for her brother, so he could be released on bond from federal custody.  At the bond hearing, Ms. Gunville testified under oath before a U.S. Magistrate Judge.  After the hearing, Ms. Gunville signed the Court’s order and agreed to live with and to supervise her brother at her residence at the family’s ranch outside of Eagle Butte.

In pleading guilty, Ms. Gunville admitted that she willfully and unlawfully disobeyed the Court’s order, because neither she nor her brother lived at the ranch, and she failed to supervise him at that ordered location.     

This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services Narcotics Division.  Assistant U.S. Attorney SaraBeth Donovan prosecuted the case.

Ms. Gunville was ordered to self-report to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service on January 2, 2018.

Updated December 15, 2017

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