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Date: 06-10-2024

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United States of America v. Joseph “Jo Jo” Dowty

Case Number: 5:23-cr-50077-KES

Judge: Karen E. Schreier

Court: The United States District Court for the District of South Dakota (Minnehaha County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office in Sioux Falls

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In May of 2023, a federal grand jury indicted Joseph “Jo Jo” Dowty, 33, for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.

On April 4, 2023, police officers with the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety were actively searching for Dowty due to an arrest warrant Dowty had for absconding from state parole on his 2018 felony manslaughter conviction out of Pennington County, South Dakota. When officers arrested Dowty, he was carrying a Ruger Wrangler .22 caliber revolver and more than 11 grams of methamphetamine, which had been broken down into 49 separate packages.

This case was investigated by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Knox prosecuted the case.

Dowty was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to two years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

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