Pine Ridge Man Indicted for Stealing Fuel Truck

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Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Interstate Transportation of a Stolen Vehicle.

Cole Brewer, age 29, was indicted on May 20, 2021.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on June 16, 2021, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.  The penalty upon conviction is 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge relates to Brewer stealing a Freightliner fuel truck from Hay Springs, Nebraska, in June 2020, and transporting it across the state line.  The charge is merely an accusation and Brewer is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

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The investigation is being conducted by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety and Sheridan County Sheriff’s Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman is prosecuting the case.


Brewer was detained pending trial.  A trial date has not been set. 

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