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Pine Ridge Man Sentenced for Second Degree Murder

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, U.S. District Court, has sentenced a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man convicted of Second-Degree Murder. The sentencing took place on November 28, 2023.

Trent Brewer, age 21, was sentenced to 16 and a half years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Brewer was indicted for Second Degree Murder and Discharge of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence by a federal grand jury in April of 2023. He pleaded guilty on August 28, 2023.

The conviction stems from Brewer shooting another man after a verbal argument on April 1, 2023, in Pine Ridge. The victim succumbed to his injuries.

This matter was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office because the Major Crimes Act, a federal statute, mandates that certain violent crimes alleged to have occurred in Indian Country be prosecuted in Federal court as opposed to State court.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Lindrooth prosecuted the case.

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



Updated December 4, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime