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Lower Brule Man Sentenced For Malicious Mischief

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man charged with Malicious Mischief pled guilty to and was sentenced on October 10, 2014, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Thomas Loudner, age 38, was sentenced to 2 months of custody, 1 year of supervised release, $1,000 restitution to the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, and $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on January 26, 2013, when Loudner and others were driving around the Lower Brule Community. They were drinking and began to discuss having a bonfire.  Loudner drove to the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Old Boxing Club building, got out of his vehicle, grabbed a gas can, entered the building and set it on fire. The building sustained damage as a result of the fire.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges. 

Loudner was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015