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McLaughlin Man Indicted for Burglary, Intentional Damage to Property, Trespass, and Stalking

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Third Degree Burglary, Intentional Damage to Property, Criminal Trespass, and Stalking.

Christopher Aaron Miller, age 42, was indicted on September 14, 2021.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 22, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is five years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between January 1, 2018, and September 14, 2021, in McLaughlin, Miller harassed and stalked two victims.  In September 2019, Miller burglarized the victims’ garage and intentionally caused damage to the victims’ vehicle on several occasions.   

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Corson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.   

Miller was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated October 1, 2021