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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 22, 2013

Little Eagle Woman Charged With Assault With A Dangerous Weapon And Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Little Eagle, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
         
Verinda Red Legs, age 29, was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 14, 2013, for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.  Red Legs appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on November 19, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment. 
         
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, an additional 2 years of supervised release upon revocation, and a mandatory $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered. 
         
The charges are merely accusations, and Red Legs is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
         
The Indictment alleges that on October 18, 2013, Red Legs assaulted her dating partner with a knife and that assault resulted in serious bodily injury.
         
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case. 
         
Red Legs was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.  A trial date has not been set.                        

Updated June 22, 2015