- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal indictment unsealed Friday in eastern South Dakota accuses the girlfriend of a Sioux Falls man killed in December with conspiring to sell more than 220 pounds of marijuana.

The indictment charges Faith Rasmussen, 20, her mother and two others with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Rasmussen was also indicted on a conspiracy to commit money laundering charge.

Rasmussen dated Jordan LeBeau, 20, who was shot and killed during what prosecutors say was a botched drug robbery on Dec. 2. Drugs and more than $88,000 were found in LeBeau’s Sioux Falls home after the shooting that also wounded his father.

The Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/1cC86bO ) reported that four people have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with LeBeau’s death. Rasmussen was not charged. The shooting occurred after LeBeau’s father walked in on two teens beating his son during the attempted robbery, according to police.

The federal indictment contends Rasmussen was involved in a conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. If convicted of the distribution charge, she faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison. Court records do not list her attorney.

Court documents say Rasmussen received shipments of pot from Texas and recruited LeBeau and other people to sell for her in the Sioux Falls area. The newspaper reported that an informant told police Rasmussen was receiving between 10 and 30 pounds of marijuana at a time.

Rasmussen and her child’s father, Ricky Paul Hays, 25, were charged in December with misdemeanor marijuana and controlled substance charges after a search of their Sioux Falls home turned up pot and prescription painkillers. Rasmussen pleaded not guilty to those charges in January.

Rasmussen’s co-defendants in the indictment unsealed Friday are her mother, Theresa Rasmussen, 55, Holly Kleinsasser, 34, and Wesley Kleinsasser, 30.

It was unclear whether Faith and Theresa Rasmussen were in custody Friday, and their initial court appearances have not been scheduled.

Court records don’t show an attorney for Theresa Rasmussen. A phone number listed for the Rasmussens rang unanswered Friday and would not accept voice messages.

Holly and Wesley Kleinsasser pleaded not guilty Friday and are free on personal recognizance bonds.

Holly Kleinsasser’s attorney declined to comment to the Associated Press. Wesley Kleinsasser’s attorney did not return a request for comment.


Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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