Porcupine Sentenced to Federal Prison for Carjacking and Firearm Charges

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A 30-year-old man from Porcupine, South Dakota convicted of carjacking and using and brandishing a firearm in the commission of a violent crime has been punished by a judge of the federal court.

Curtis Horse was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, including three years in federal prison for the carjacking conviction and a consecutive seven years in federal prison for the firearm conviction. Horse was also sentenced to five years of supervised release following a jail term and paying a special assessment of $ 200 to the Federal Fund for Victims of Crime. Restitution was ordered for an amount to be determined later.

The conviction stems from the burglary of a horse and damage to property at a building of a construction company in Rapid City during the
early in the morning of November 13, 2020. After breaking into the construction business, Horse stole a vehicle, tools and a gun belonging to another company that kept property in one location. Horse fled with the vehicle until it abandoned it near a school elsewhere in Rapid City. Horse then took the gun and walked into another business, where an individual was working on a
building project. Horse pointed the gun at the individual, demanding his pickup keys and cell phone. Horse left in person’s pickup. When law enforcement located Horse, he led them in a high-speed chase through Rapid City before turning around and hiding behind a business after climbing a hill, eluding the officers. Later that day, law enforcement near Porcupine, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation spotted Horse in the pickup. Officers on horseback conducted a pursuit at speeds of up to 115 mph from Porcupine to Evergreen, also on
the reservation. Horse then led the chase through residential property in Evergreen before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing from the police. Horse was not arrested until the next day, when he was found hiding in the attic of a residence in Evergreen.

This case is part of the Safe Neighborhoods project, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses its enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and reintegration programs for the most violent offenders.
sustainable reductions in crime.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Rapid City Police Department and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Public Safety Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman continued the case.

Horse was immediately returned to the custody of the US Marshals Service.

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