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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Alison J. Ramsdell
, United States Attorney

White River Man Sentenced for Arson

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a White River, South Dakota, man convicted of Arson was sentenced on May 16, 2022, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Gabriel Roubideaux, age 34, was sentenced to 26 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, $22,675 in restitution, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Roubideaux was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 8, 2021. He pled guilty on February 1, 2022.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred in March 2021, in Mellette County, South Dakota. In the early morning hours of March 16, 2021, Roubideaux intentionally set fire to a shed that was next to an occupied residence in the Upper Swift Bear community. The shed subsequently collapsed against the residence, setting it on fire. Both the shed and the residence were destroyed in the fire.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

Roubideaux was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

St. Paul Field Division