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

Monday, March 25, 2013

Martin Man Pleads Guilty To Controlled Substance Charge

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Michael James Poor Thunder, age 23, of Martin, South Dakota appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on March 20, 2013 and pled guilty to distribution of a controlled substance. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years’ imprisonment and/or a $1,000,000 fine.

On March 7, 2012 Poor Thunder distributed morphine in Martin, South Dakota. The investigation was conducted by the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and Martin Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted L. McBride.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date has been set for July 15, 2013. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.

Updated June 22, 2015