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

Monday, July 29, 2013

McLaughlin Woman Charged With Assaulting A Federal Officer

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Rhonda Brown, age 41, was indicted on July 17, 2013, for Assaulting, Resisting and Impeding a Federal Officer. Brown appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on July 26, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release, an additional 2 years of supervised release upon revocation; and a mandatory $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.

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

Updated June 22, 2015