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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 18, 2014

Mission Man Charged With Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury And Assault By Strangulation And Suffocation

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury and Assault By Strangulation And Suffocation.

Jacob Lee, age 30, was indicted on March 11, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 15, 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 $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on February 8, 2014, Lee assaulted the victim by strangling and suffocating her.  The assault resulted in serious bodily injury. 

The charges are merely accusations and Lee is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
 
The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated June 22, 2015