United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Arson and Third Degree Burglary.
Tommy Vargas, a/k/a Tommy Lee Spotted Eagle, age 32, was indicted on July 11, 2022. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 21, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 25 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, five years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on February 27, 2021, in Mission, Vargas unlawfully entered the Sinte Gleska Maintenance Building and stole multiple pieces of property. As he was leaving the premises, Vargas willfully and maliciously set fire to and burned the building.
The charges are merely accusations and Vargas is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Abby Roesler is prosecuting the case.
Vargas was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date is set for September 13, 2022.