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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Porcupine Man Pleads Not Guilty to Depredation of Government Property

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Porcupine, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Depredation of Government Property.

Curtis Temple, age 54, was indicted on April 18, 2017. Temple appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on April 27, 2017, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge relates to Temple committing a depredation against real property maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, by overstocking and overgrazing land and vegetation that resulted in damage over $1,000, between March 25, 2013, and April 18, 2017.

The charge is merely an accusation and Temple is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs. U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen is prosecuting the case.

Temple was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has been set for June 27, 2017.

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Updated May 10, 2017