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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Mission Man Indicted for Threatening a Federal Officer

Acting United States Attorney Dennis Holmes announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Influencing a Federal Officer by Threat.

Donovan Jace Oakie, age 33, was indicted on July 13, 2021.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 14, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison 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 Indictment alleges that on June 30, 2021, in Todd County, South Dakota, Oakie threatened to assault and murder a law enforcement officer who was employed by the United States Marshals Service.

The charge is merely an accusation and Oakie is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the United States Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson is prosecuting the case.   

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

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Updated July 15, 2021