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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 13, 2013

Lower Brule Man Charged With Assault By Strangulation And Suffocation

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault by Strangulation and Suffocation.

Shane Coleman, age 25, was indicted on November 14, 2013.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on December 10, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 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 Indictment alleges that on July 11, 2013, Coleman assaulted his spouse or intimate partner by strangling and suffocating her.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.   

Coleman was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has been set for February 11, 2014.

Updated June 22, 2015