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McLaughlin Man Sentenced for Third Degree Burglary

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

Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of Third Degree Burglary was sentenced on June 15, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Blake Crow Ghost, age 21, was sentenced to 6 months in custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Crow Ghost was indicted for First Degree Burglary, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and Third Degree Burglary by a federal grand jury on June 23, 2014.  He pled guilty to Third Degree Burglary on March 5, 2015.

 The conviction arose from a June 22, 2013, incident at McLaughlin, when Crow Ghost and two co-defendants entered a garage and damaged a sitting area, and also removed speakers from the garage and smashed them against the house. Later that night, Crow Ghost joined in physical altercations between his co-defendants and several victims. Crow Ghost kicked one victim while he was on the ground, tackled another victim and caused her to fall into a garage door, and attacked a third victim.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

Crow Ghost was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated July 3, 2015