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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Rapid City Man Charged With Escape

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Escape from Custody.

Benjamin Kitteaux, age 28, was indicted on August 26, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on August 27, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge relates to Kitteaux escaping from the Community Alternatives of the Black Hills in August 2014,where he was serving the remainder of a federal sentence.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Patterson is prosecuting the case. Kitteaux was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set. 


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Updated June 22, 2015