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October 20, 2014

Rapid City Man Sentenced for False Statement

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of False Statement was sentenced on October 15, 2014, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Justin Robert Yellow Elk, age 29, was sentenced to 8 months in custody, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Yellow Elk was indicted for Concealing Person from Arrest and False Statement by a federal grand jury on March 18, 2014. He pled guilty to False Statement on June 6, 2014.

The conviction stems from when Yellow Elk, who was an employee at Community Alternatives of the Black Hills (CABH) in 2012, gave false statements to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent during a CABH escape investigation in April 2013.

This case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins prosecuted the case. Yellow Elk was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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