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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Parmelee Man Sentenced For Assaulting A Federal Officer

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, Opposing, and Impeding a Federal officer was sentenced on November 20, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. 

William Rahn, age 27, was sentenced to 5 months in custody, 5 months of home confinement, 1 year of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
 
Rahn was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 16, 2013, and pled guilty to the charge on August 30, 2013.

The charge stems from an incident wherein Rahn was driving erratically, attempting to elude Bureau of Indian Affairs police officers on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.  He drove his vehicle directly at a parked police unit, coming within feet of hitting the vehicle.  When Rahn finally stopped his vehicle on a dirt road, he resisted the officers and that resistance involved physical contact with an officer. 

The investigation was conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher.
 
Rahn was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.                                  

Updated June 22, 2015