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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Parmelee Man Sentence For Child Abuse

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota, man convicted of Child Abuse was sentenced on November 26, 2013, by Roberto A. Lange.

Joseph Morrisette, age 43, was sentenced to 9 months of custody, 18 months of supervised release, and $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
         
Morrisette was indicted for Child Abuse by a federal grand jury on August 21, 2013.  He pled guilty on September 16, 2013.
         
Morrisette’s conviction was the result of a July 9, 2013, incident when Morrisette was babysitting several children at his home while he was drinking. While he was intoxicated, he struck the victim and gave the child a black eye.
         
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher prosecuted the case.

Morrisette was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.                                 

Updated June 22, 2015