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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fort Thompson Man Pleads Guilty To Simple Assault And Assault By Striking, Beating And Wounding

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Michael James Farmer, age 26, of Fort Thompson, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 23, 2013, and pled guilty to the Information that charged him with Simple Assault-Domestic Violence, and Assault by Striking, Beating, and Wounding-Domestic Violence. 
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 6 months of imprisonment and/or a $5,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $10 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund on each count.  Restitution may also be ordered. 

The charges stem from incidents on January 19, 2013 and January 21, 2013, wherein Farmer assaulted the mother of his children by biting her on the arm and back and hitting her with a broom handle.  
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case. 
Farmer was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing which has been set for November 20, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015