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Pine Ridge Man Charged with Second Degree Murder

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

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man has been charged with Second Degree Murder.

Trent Brewer, age 20, was recently charged, and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollman on April 7, 2023, and pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, five years supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

In April of 2023, at Pine Ridge, Brewer shot and killed another man during an argument. The charge is merely an accusation and Brewer is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the FBI and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson is prosecuting the case. 

Brewer was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has been scheduled for June 13, 2023.


Updated April 11, 2023

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