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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of South Dakota
For Immediate Release
Dennis R. Holmes, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-sd
Friday, April 8, 2022

Oglala Man Found Guilty of Possession of Body Armor by a Violent Felon

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that Kane Youngman, age 26, of Oglala, South Dakota, was found guilty of Possession of Body Armor by a Violent Felon following a federal jury trial in Rapid City. The verdict was returned on April 7, 2022.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, one year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Youngman was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 17, 2022. The conviction stems from Youngman, having been previously convicted of a crime of violence, being in possession of a ballistic vest on January 22, 2022, at Oglala.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case was investigated by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen prosecuted the case.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date will be set. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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