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Three Indicted For Burglary

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that two men and a woman from Timber Lake, South Dakota have been indicted by a federal grand jury for Third Degree Burglary of a downtown business.

Jake Morrison, age 31; Nicholas Guttierrez, a/k/a Nicholas Gutierrez, age 19; and Stephanie Vandervier, age 27, were indicted by a federal grand jury on February 13, 2013. They appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 25, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges relate to a January 6, 2013 alleged break-in at the Chatter Box Bar and Cafe in Timber Lake. The charges are merely an accusation, and Morrison, Guttierrez, and Vandervier are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. Guttierrez and Vandervier were released on bond pending trial. Morrison was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015