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District of South Dakota

Friday, April 4, 2014

Interior Man Pleads Not Guilty To Assault On A Federal Officer

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Interior, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault on a Federal Officer.

Justin Janis, age 21, was indicted on February 19, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on March 27, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 8 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge relates to Janis assaulting a female federal officer on November 27, 2013, near Kyle.

The charge is merely an accusation and Janis is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich is prosecuting the case.

Janis was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015