Prison counselor accused of trying to get gun to inmate indicted

PIERRE, S.D. – The latest on court proceedings for a state penitentiary counselor accused of attempting to get a gun to a prisoner.


Nov. 1

A Minnehaha County Grand Jury has indicted Willard Allan Dathe, 68, on the following charges:

  • One count of delivery of unauthorized article, tobacco, to a prisoner, punishable by up to two years in the state penitentiary and/or a $4,000 fine
  • One count of attempted possession of unauthorized article with intent to deliver to a prisoner, punishable by up to one year in the state penitentiary and/or a $2,000 fine
  • One count of attempted grand theft by deception in the alternative, punishable by up to 2.5 years in the state penitentiary and/or a $5,000 fine

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State Penitentiary Counselor arrested on attempted possession of a gun with intent to deliver to prisoner

Oct. 19

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Sioux Falls resident Willard Allan Dathe, 68, is in custody, accused of to get a gun to a prisoner.

Dathe was arrested by complaint on one count of attempted possession of unauthorized article with intent to deliver to prisoner, class 6 felony, punishable by up to 1 year in the state penitentiary and/or $2,000 fine.

The complaint alleges that on Oct. 18 Dathe made arrangements to provide a gun to an inmate while employed as a counselor at the penitentiary.

Dathe is presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by Special Investigations Unit at the South Dakota State Penitentiary and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

Information from the office of South Dakota Attorney General Marty J. Jackley
Categories: Crime, South Dakota News

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