Pine Ridge reservation bootlegger pleads guilty 6-14-07

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Sentencing has been set for Aug. 21 for a Kyle woman who has pleaded guilty to dispensing intoxicants in Indian Country.

Judy Lays Hard, 42, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count and a felony, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.

Court documents show she admitted selling malt liquor and a 24-pack of beer to an undercover Bureau of Indian Affairs agent in December 2005.

Two other women also have admitted to bootlegging on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Pine Ridge is the only South Dakota reservation that does not allow alcohol, making it the only one where the prosecutors enforce a federal law against “dispensing intoxicants” in Indian Country.

The maximum sentence is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.