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Rapid City Man Sentenced for Arson

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Arson was sentenced on January 20, 2016, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Moses Catches, age 26, was sentenced to time served, 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Catches was indicted for the charge on December 16, 2014.  Catches pleaded guilty on June 2, 2015.

The conviction stems from Catches partially filling a bottle with gas on September 26, 2013, near Pine Ridge, and then giving this bottle to his brother, who lit the Molotov cocktail and threw it through the window of an occupied structure.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

Updated January 29, 2016