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

Friday, February 13, 2015

Timber Lake Man Charged With Third Degree Burglary

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Timber Lake, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Third Degree Burglary.

Chapen Kraft, age 18, was indicted on February 11, 2015. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 13, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 5 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between September 15 and October 11, 2014, Kraft unlawfully entered and remained in a barn and storage building near Timber Lake, with the intent to commit a larceny.

The charge is merely an accusation and Kraft is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Dewey County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case.   

Kraft was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015