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Man sentenced to time served for theft from tribal college

December 30, 2020 GMT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Pine Ridge man has been sentenced to time served and ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty to stealing from the Oglala Lakota College.

The Rapid City Journal reports 33-year-old John Jay Hussman III was sentenced earlier this fall at the federal court in Rapid City after pleading guilty to embezzling from a Native American tribal organization.

It’s unclear how many days in jail Hussman served for a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.

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As part of his plea deal, prosecutors dropped a charge of larceny for allegedly stealing more than $3,000 from a Pizza Hut in 2017.

Hussman got a $2,004 check from the college written to Oglala Sioux Tribe Financial Services in December 2018.

Authorities say he endorsed the check in his own name and deposited it in his personal checking account.

Authorities say he paid the money back to the college before sentencing but was ordered to pay $3,086 in restitution to Pizza Hut even though he wasn’t convicted of stealing from them.

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This story has been corrected to change “sentence” to “sentenced” in headline