A Fort Pierre man has pleaded guilty to trafficking in artifacts collected on public and tribal lands.
Scott A. Matteson, 61, faces up to five years in a federal prison when he is sentenced in September. He remains free on bond.
Matteson pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in archaeological resources, admitting that he knowingly traded in the artifacts in 2007.
Matteson allegedly had several items excavated or taken from federal and tribal lands, including a red stone discoidal, a sandstone abrader tool and stone knives.
Removing artifacts from public and tribal lands is a violation of the Archaeological Resource Protection Act.
In other federal court action:
- Louis Janis, 29, of Pine Ridge was sentenced to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Last September, Janis shot and critically wounded a 22-year-old Pine Ridge man who was sitting in a car at Eastridge Housing in Pine Ridge. He was immediately turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.
- Nicholas Alan Rivers, 30, of Eagle Butte was sentenced to 40 months in prison for assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Rivers admitted shaking a 2-year-old child. The child required surgery to relieve pressure caused by the traumatic shaking. Rivers was remanded to the U.S. Marshals Service custody.
- Barry Joe White Face, 21, of Rapid City has pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with sexual abuse of a minor. White Face had sexual contact with a child younger than 16 in Kyle in 2006. He faces a potential maximum sentence of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced in September. He remains in U.S. Marshals Service custody.
- William Elmer Yellow Jr., 26, of Eagle Butte has pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and voluntary manslaughter for two separate incidents that occurred this spring on the Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Yellow killed an Eagle Butte man with a knife in March. A month earlier, Yellow assaulted another Eagle Butte man with a knife. Yellow faces a potential maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison. He awaits sentencing in U.S. Marshals Service custody.
- Billy Ray Earl McCloskey, 19 of St. Francis has pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon for assaulting a Todd County man with a knife in January. McCloskey could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in October. He remains in U.S. Marshals Service custody.
- Regina Burnette, 49, Mission has pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Burnette used a wooden log to attack a man on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in January. She faces a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced in October. She remains in custody.
- Shirley Eagle Feather, 59, of Mission has pleaded guilty to making a false statement on Social Security forms. Eagle Feather faces a potential sentence of five years in prison when she is sentenced in October. She is free on bond.
- Mary Jensen, also known as Mary Helen Willcuts, 54, of Carter has pleaded guilty to a federal grand jury indictment accusing her of larceny for stealing property from the Family Dollar in Mission. Jensen could be sentenced to up to five years in prison. She is free on bond while she awaits sentencing in October.
- Kenneth Woosley, 39, Opal has pleaded guilty to one count of an indictment accusing him of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud. Woosley attempted to illegally obtain oxycodone and morphine from the Fort Meade Veterans’ Medical Center. He is free on bond until his sentencing in October.
- Arlien Castellanos, also known as Tony Mandini, 26, of Port Charles, Fla., has pleaded guilty to access device fraud. Castellanos used more than 30 counterfeit credit cards to buy items at several Cabela’s stores throughout the United States. One of the cards was used to buy more than $900 in merchandise from a Rapid City jewelry store. Castellanos faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in September. He remains in the U.S. Marshal’s custody.
- Darrell Jones, 22, of Rapid City has pleaded not guilty to a federal grand jury indictment accusing him of escape. If convicted, Jones faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. He remains in the U.S. Marshals Service custody. A trial date has not been set.
- Frank Holy Rock, 19, of Manderson has pleaded not guilty to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with breaking into the Oglala Sioux Tribal Care Program in Manderson and stealing more than $1,000 in computer equipment in February. If convicted, Holy Rock faces a potential maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. He was remanded to U.S. Marshals Service custody to await trial.
- Dagoberto Ixtlilco-Hernandez, 27, of Rapid City has pleaded not guilty to a federal grand jury indictment accusing him of living in the United States illegally. If convicted, Ixtilico-Hernandez could be sentenced to up to two years in prison. He remains in the U.S. Marshals Service custody. A trial date has not been set.
Editor’s note: The United States Attorney generally prosecutes felonies committed on reservations, while tribal courts handle misdemeanor crimes. Felonies that happen off the reservation are prosecuted in state/circuit court and are reported separately in the Journal. Some drug and firearms cases are also prosecuted in federal court.
All charges carry the possibility of fines up to $250,000 upon conviction unless otherwise noted.