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

Monday, July 15, 2013

Manderson Man Sentenced For Stolen Vehicle Charge

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Manderson, South Dakota, man convicted of Interstate Transportation of Stolen Motor Vehicle was sentenced on July 10, 2013, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court. 

Clayton J. Fire Thunder, age 28, was sentenced to time served, one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Fire Thunder was indicted for Larceny and Interstate Transportation of a Stolen Motor Vehicle by a federal grand jury on March 20, 2012, and pled guilty to the second charge on March 13, 2013.

The conviction stems from an incident on January 13, 2012, at White Clay, Nebraska, wherein Fire Thunder stole a pickup truck and led police units on a chase around the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation before being cornered by the police. 

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 Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.

Updated June 22, 2015