United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for using her motor vehicle to assault a man in Todd County on October 12, 2010.
Tonya Waln, a/k/a Tonya Leader Charge, age 35, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 8, 2011, for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. She appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 22, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; up to three years of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment. Restitution may also be ordered. The charges are merely accusations, and Waln is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by Rosebud Law Enforcement Services. Assistant United States Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case. Waln was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has been set for May 24, 2011.