- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says three Eagle Butte men have been sentenced to time in prison for their roles in burning down a 98-year-old church on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

Seiler says 27-year-old Cody Yellow was sentenced to more than 3 years in prison, and 29-year-old Ake Kyle Eagle Hunter was sentenced to just under three years. Twenty-eight-year-old Robert Grindstone was sentenced to just over 3 years.

St. Basil’s Church, which is also known as Mossman Church, was on U.S. Highway 212 near Ridgeview. It was built in 1917.

The three were indicted for third-degree burglary and arson by a federal grand jury on August 11. Seiler says Yellow and Grindstone pleaded guilty to arson and aiding and abetting. Grindstone pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact.


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