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Waubay Man Sentenced for Escaping from Custody

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Waubay, South Dakota, man convicted of Escape from Custody. The sentencing took place on November 28, 2023.

Levi Ambrose Locke, age 32, was sentenced to nine months in federal prison, followed by  two years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Locke was indicted by a federal grand jury in May of 2023. He pleaded guilty on August 25, 2023.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on April 13, 2023, when Locke was in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons at Dismas Charities, an institutional facility located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Locke was at Dismas Charities based on a felony conviction. On April 13th, Locke left Dismas Charities to go work his shift at his place of employment, but instead of going to work, Locke escaped and did not return to the facility that same day as required.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann M. Hoffman prosecuted the case.

Locke was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated December 5, 2023