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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 25, 2019

Lower Brule Man Charged with Burglary, Larceny, and Aiding and Abetting

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for First Degree Burglary, Larceny, and Aiding and Abetting.

Demitre’ Ecoffey, age 24, was indicted on February 13, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 21, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 25 years in federal prison 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 on May 25, 2017, Ecoffey entered an occupied structure at night with another individual with the intent to commit larceny, and stole personal property that had a value in excess of $1,000. 

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.   

Ecoffey was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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Updated March 25, 2019