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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 17, 2019

Sioux Falls Woman Charged with Escape from Custody

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for escape from custody.

Diana Bald Eagle, age 44, was indicted on May 8, 2019.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica Duffy on May 15, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

According to the indictment, Bald Eagle was in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service by virtue of a federal contract with the Yankton County Jail. Bald Eagle was granted a furlough and an extension, but failed to return to the Yankton County Jail on or about the 14th day of April 2019, therefore, Bald Eagle did unlawfully escape from such custody when she, without authorization, failed to be present at the Yankton County Jail, in Yankton, South Dakota, as ordered.  

The maximum penalties upon conviction are as follows: 5 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine; 3 years of supervised release; $100 special assessment for victim/witness fund; and restitution may be ordered. 

The charges are merely accusations and Bald Eagle is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting the case.   

Bald Eagle was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.  A trial date of July 23rd has been set.

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Updated May 17, 2019