- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A former employee in South Dakota’s secretary of state’s office has pleaded guilty to stealing a century-old state flag and been given a suspended jail sentence.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says 26-year-old Garrett Devries pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with all of the time suspended if he stays out of trouble for a year. Devries also must publicly apologize, pay court costs and $1,500 toward upkeep of the flag.

The flag that dates to Deadwood’s Old West days had been displayed on a stand inside the secretary of state’s office through numerous administrations.

Officials noticed it was missing earlier this year. Investigators recovered it Oct. 8 in Washington, D.C., where Devries has been working for a Republican research company.

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