McLaughlin Man Arraigned On Assault Charges
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for two counts of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon and four counts of Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender.
Benedict Iron Thunder, Jr., age 35, was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 16, 2013. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on February 7, 2013, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment on the Assault With a Dangerous Weapon charges and one of the Domestic Assault charges because it is alleged that substantial bodily injury resulted from that assault. The remaining three Domestic Assault charges could result in 5 years of imprisonment. All counts include a $250,000 fine and a period of supervised release of 3 years. The charges are merely accusations and Iron Thunder is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Morley is prosecuting the case. Iron Thunder was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.