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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 8, 2013

McLaughlin Man Indicted For Assault

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Ryan Soft, age 22, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 13, 2013. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on April 4, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years’ in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and a $100 Special Assessment. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge is merely an accusation and Soft 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.

Soft was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending trial on June 11, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015