Pine Ridge gang member punished for abuse
A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for abusing a 9-month-old child.

Galen Lee Loefer is an admitted gang member. He pleaded guilty to child abuse and neglect in a case that drew harsh words from the judge.

"[P]erhaps the sentence should be twenty, thirty or forty years' because people just aren't safe around you," said Judge Richard Battey, KOTA-TV reported The sentence was the maximum under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

Tribal officials have counted 39 gangs on the reservation.

Get the Story:
Wanblee gang member gets 15 years for child abuse (The Rapid City Journal 8/13)
Wanblee man gets max sentence in child abuse case (KOTA-TV 8/12)

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