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Mission Man Sentenced for Threatening a Federal Officer

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

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Influencing a Federal Officer by Threat was sentenced on January 6, 2022, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Donovan Jace Oakie, age 24, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Oakie was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, 2021.  He pled guilty on September 30, 2021.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on June 30, 2021, in Todd County, South Dakota.  On that date, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services personnel, Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel, and U.S. Marshals Service personnel were searching for Oakie, who had an arrest warrant for a violation of federal supervised release.  Oakie was located at a residence in the South Antelope Housing Community, near Mission.  Oakie fled from the residence and attempted to hide in an area of overgrown brush.  He ignored commands to surrender and threatened to shoot a deputy U.S. Marshal.  Oakie attempted to flee again, at which point he was apprehended and taken into custody.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

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

Updated January 7, 2022

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