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

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Kyle Woman Sentenced For Possessing Vodka On The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Kyle, South Dakota, woman convicted of intoxicants possessed unlawfully in Indian country was sentenced on July 24, 2013, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy. 

Donna Janis, age 51, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Janis was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 18, 2012, for intoxicants possessed unlawfully in Indian country.  Janis was arrested on November 7, 2012, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for assisting two other individuals in transporting 72 bottles of vodka onto the reservation.  Janis pled guilty to the charge on May 15, 2013.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Venhuizen prosecuted the case.    

Updated June 22, 2015