Porcupine Man Sentenced for Kidnapping
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Porcupine, South Dakota, man convicted of Kidnapping was sentenced on October 26, 2016, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.
Jesse Miller, age 29, was sentenced to 30 years’ custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Miller pleaded guilty to the charge on July 1, 2016. The conviction stems from Miller holding a middle-aged woman against her will in her home on April 6, 2016, near Porcupine. Miller then sexually assaulted the victim, using force against her by grabbing her, hitting and slapping her, dragging her from one room in her home to another while holding her throat, and pushing her down onto a bed. For a period of time Miller prevented her from leaving or moving about of her own free will. The victim was eventually able to run from the residence to a neighbor’s house for help after Miller passed out in her bed.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.
Miller was immediately returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.