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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 6, 2013

Lower Brule Man Charged With Assaulting, Resisting And Impeding A Federal Officer

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting and Impeding a Federal Officer.

Dru Peterson, age 26, was indicted on November 14, 2013.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on December 3, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 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 September 3, 2013, Peterson interfered with several officers while they were engaged in the performance of their official duties as federal law enforcement officers.

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

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

Peterson was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015