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Mission Man Sentenced for Larceny

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

PIERRE - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court, has sentenced a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Larceny. The sentencing took place on May 8, 2023.

Dustin Gallegos, Jr., age 25, was sentenced to all time served through November 8, 2023, equal to approximately 10 months in custody, followed by three years of supervised release. He was further ordered to pay restitution of $9,908.13, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Gallegos was indicted by a federal grand jury in May of 2022. He pleaded guilty on February 2, 2023.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on March 7, 2022, in Todd County, South Dakota. On that date, Gallegos was driving a motor vehicle on U.S. Highway 83, when he lost control of his vehicle and wrecked. A passing motorist stopped to assist and let Gallegos wait with her in her vehicle for first responders to arrive. When law enforcement arrived at the scene, the woman got out of her vehicle to speak to an officer, at which point Gallegos got in the driver seat and stole the vehicle and drove away. The vehicle was later recovered in Mission.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

Gallegos was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated May 16, 2023

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