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District of South Dakota

Thursday, June 26, 2014

McLaughlin Man Charged With Assault

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Assault Against a Law Enforcement Officer, and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Brett Claymore, age 21, was indicted on June 17, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on June 24, 2014, 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 up to $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on June 15, 2014, Claymore unlawfully assaulted a Corson County Deputy Sheriff, which resulted in serious bodily injury.

The charges are merely accusations and Claymore is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Law Enforcement Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated June 22, 2015