United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Robbery was sentenced on July 17, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Kobe Houston, age 19, was sentenced to 12 months and a day in custody, followed by 2 years of supervised release, restitution in the amount of $1,743 to be paid on a joint and several basis with three other defendants, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.
Houston was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 15, 2017. He pled guilty on April 24, 2017.
The conviction stems from an incident on July 2, 2016, when Kobe Houston, Ryker Talbot, Dominic Houston, and a juvenile discussed committing a robbery. Ultimately, the decision was made to rob the Eagle Stop. Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016, they all traveled to the vicinity of the Eagle Stop. Dominic Houston and the juvenile remained outside of the store and served as lookouts. Kobe Houston was the driver. Talbot entered the Eagle Stop carrying a Maverick 12-gauge shotgun, pointed the shotgun at the clerk and demanded money. Talbot then racked the shotgun and repeated his demand to be given money. The clerk gave Talbot money from the cash registers in the store. Talbot then demanded the clerk to give him two cartons of cigarettes. The clerk complied. Talbot then exited the store with the cash and cartons of cigarettes. All three of them then returned to the car and they left the scene. They later split up the proceeds acquired in the robbery.
This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, and the Division of Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.
Kobe Houston was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.