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Pierre Man Indicted for Criminal Contempt Charges

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Pierre, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Criminal Contempt.

Charles Black Spotted Horse, age 26, was indicted on January 22, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 29, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 6 months in federal prison and/or a $1,000 fine, and $10 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on December 26, 2018, Black Spotted Horse disobeyed and resisted an order and command of the U.S. District Court, in that he failed to self-report for arrest and left the federal building.

The charge is merely an accusation and Black Spotted Horse is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Elmore is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated January 30, 2019