The Criminal Litigation Division
Division Director - Deputy Attorney General Brent Kempema
The Criminal Litigation Division consists of a Deputy Attorney General and eleven Assistant Attorneys General.
Prosecute criminal cases in the circuit courts throughout the state, primarily major felonies, such as aggravated assaults, kidnappings, grand thefts, and homicides.
The Division becomes involved in these cases in one of four ways:
- A review of DCI investigative reports leads to criminal charges
Cases are generated through the work of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The DCI is the investigative and enforcement arm of the office. Field agents and forensic lab personnel compile investigative reports, which are submitted to the Litigation Division for review. A decision is then made on whether or not to pursue criminal charges.
- Local State's Attorneys ask the Division for assistance
Local State's Attorneys often ask the Division to assist in particularly serious or complex cases. Typically, the Division takes the lead role while the local state's attorney reserves responsibilities that cover local aspects in prosecuting the case.
- Charges span multiple counties
The Division may become involved when charges span several counties. As opposed to State's Attorneys who are limited to jurisdiction within their own county, Assistant Attorneys General can prosecute criminal charges statewide. In that case, the Division may simultaneously file charges against a single defendant in two or more counties.
- A crime is committed within the walls of any state correctional facility
The Division is responsible for prosecuting all crimes committed within the walls of the State Penitentiary and other state correctional facilities.
Deputy Attorney General Brent Kempema
1302 E Hwy 14 Suite 1
Pierre SD 57501
Other Criminal Litigators/Drug Prosecutors
- Douglas P. Barnett - Sioux Falls Office
- Elizabeth Ebert - Sioux Falls
- Robert A. Haivala - Rapid City Office
- Katie Mallery - Sioux Falls Office
- Kelly Marnette - Aberdeen Office
- Robert Mayer
- Amanda Miiller
- Paige Petersen - Sioux Falls
- Lindsey Quasney - Sioux Falls Office
- Scott Roetzel - Rapid City Office
- Trevor Thielen - Rapid City Office
- Kimberly Zachrison