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Pine Ridge Man Sentenced to 45 Years in Federal Prison

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

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange has sentenced a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man convicted of Second-Degree Murder, Robbery, Carjacking, and Brandishing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence. The sentencing took place on February 6, 2024.

JT Myore, 37, was sentenced to 45 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $400 in special assessments to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

JT Myore was also indicted for Carjacking, Robbery, Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon by a federal grand jury in January of 2023. He was found guilty of Robbery, Carjacking, and Brandishing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence following a jury trial in federal district court on September 27, 2023. He was also indicted for Second-Degree Murder by a federal grand jury in August of 2021, and found guilty of Second-Degree Murder following a jury trial on November 9, 2023.

In August of 2019, Myore and a co-defendant brandished firearms in order to carjack a Ford Freestyle from another male in Pine Ridge. In May of 2021, Myore and his co-defendants forcibly assaulted a male in Pine Ridge in order to steal his Toyota Celica. The male sustained a broken arm and cuts and contusions to his head and face.

In May of 2021, Myore was at a party at a residence just outside of Pine Ridge. He was intoxicated and a verbal confrontation ensued among some of the party-goers and the male victim. The victim attempted to walk away, but before he could get away, Myore stabbed him to death with a knife.

These cases were investigated by the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Megan Poppen and Anna Lindrooth prosecuted the case.

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

Updated February 19, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime