FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Monday, November 2, 2015
CONTACT: Sara Rabern (605)773-3215
Former Employee of South Dakota Secretary of State Office Charged with Theft in Original State Flag Case
PIERRE, S.D – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Garrett Darwin Devries, 26, Washington D.C., has been charged with one count of theft having a value in excess of four hundred dollars, class one misdemeanor.
“As with any charging decision and potential resolution, I am balancing the nature of the crime with the level of cooperation and acceptance of responsibility. Our ‘Original State Flag’ is an important part of our history, and its recovery without damage or further incident is an important consideration,” said Jackley.
This charge stems from Devries employment at the South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office during the time between December 2012-November 2013 and the theft of an ‘Original State Flag’from his place of employment.
A tentative plea hearing is anticipated for November 23, 2015, in Hughes County.