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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Rapid City Man Sentenced for Arson

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Arson was sentenced on April 21, 2016, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Duane Benson, age 31, was sentenced to 57 months of imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Benson was charged on May 19, 2015, and pleaded guilty on December 18, 2015.  The conviction stems from Benson intentionally setting fire to a trailer at Belt Village.

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 Ben Patterson prosecuted the case.

Benson was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.      

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Violent Crime
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Updated April 23, 2016