United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Piedmont, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Threatening Communications, Stalking, and Repeated Telephone Calls.
Larry Wenthold, age 38, was indicted on February 22, 2017. Wenthold appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on May 10, 2017, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years’ custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charges relate to Wenthold, who was living in Minnesota at the time, sending repeated texts and telephone calls to a female and her mother and sister in South Dakota. These communications threatened their lives and put them in fear of death or serious bodily injury.
The charges are merely accusations and Wenthold is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the United States Marshals Service. U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman is prosecuting the case.
Wenthold was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.
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