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Mission Woman Sentenced for Theft of Government Property

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Mission, South Dakota, woman convicted of Theft of Government Property was sentenced on February 16, 2016, by U.S. District Court Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Denise Sanchez, age 21, was sentenced to time served in custody, 2 years of supervised release, $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and $1,809.25 restitution.

Denise Sanchez was indicted for Theft of Government Property by a federal grand jury on September 9, 2015.  She pled guilty on December 2, 2015.

On August 25, 2015, Sanchez was arrested for being intoxicated while pregnant and was transported to the Indian Health Services Hospital in Rosebud, South Dakota, for a medical evaluation.  Sanchez left the hospital and went to the Community Health Representatives Program Building next to the hospital where she stole a microwave and several food items.  Sanchez found keys to a Dodge Durango owned by the Community Health Representatives Program and drove away in the vehicle.  Sanchez was located in Valentine, Nebraska the following day and the stolen items were recovered.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie G. Sanderson prosecuted the case.

Sanchez has criminal charges pending in Cherry County, Nebraska, and she will be released to authorities in Cherry County.

Updated February 18, 2016