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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

South Dakota Man Sentenced for Threats to Injure

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a South Dakota man convicted of Interstate Communications with Threat to Injure was sentenced on June 11, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Graham Garnos, age 41, was sentenced to time served (37 months), 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Garnos was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 4, 2015.  He pled guilty on March 19, 2018.

In 2007, Garnos was arrested on felony drug charges.  Over the last few years, Garnos has called, left voicemail messages, sent e-mails, and posted things on Facebook and YouTube, all discussing his hostility towards the arresting officer.

On February 22, 2015, Garnos called the cell phone of the wife of the arresting officer, who did not answer.  Garnos left a long voicemail to the victim, where he was threatening to kill the victim and her husband. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Updated June 13, 2018