Mission Woman Pleads Guilty to Assault Charge
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Tonya Lynn Waln, a/k/a Tonya Leader Charge, age 35, of Mission, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on July 7, 2011, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged her with Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.
On or about October 13, 2010, Tonya Waln and another woman began drinking around noon, and continued drinking into the early evening. Waln then got into her car and left. At approximately 10:30 p.m., the other woman received a call from Waln stating that there was a semi in front of her and she was going to hit it and whatever happens, happens. At approximately 10:36, Rosebud Dispatch received a call for assistance reporting a traffic accident with a semi truck on fire and car in the ditch. Both Waln and the victim received injuries and were transported by ambulance to Rosebud IHS as a result of Waln driving her vehicle into the victim’s vehicle.
The investigation was conducted by Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meghan N. Dilges.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for October 3, 2011. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.