United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a White River, South Dakota, man convicted of First Degree Burglary was sentenced on July 14, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Christian Kelly, age 20, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day of custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Kelly was indicted for First Degree Burglary and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon by a federal grand jury on July 17, 2013. He pled guilty to First Degree Burglary on April 23, 2014.
On May 10, 2013, Kelly and his co-defendant went to the victim’s home in Lower Swift Bear in Mellette County. Once inside the house, Kelly found the victim asleep in a bedroom. The victim awoke and Kelly and the victim began to argue. Kelly remained inside the victim’s home without permission and punched and struck the victim several times before exiting the house. Kelly drove away from the house before law enforcement officers arrived.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers prosecuted the case.
Kelly was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.