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Ft. Thompson Woman Pleads Guilty to Assault

July 18, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Sheranda Shields, age 20, of Ft. Thompson, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Mark A. Moreno on July 18, 2011, and pled guilty to an Information that charged her with Assaulting a Federal Officer. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 8 years' imprisonment.

The charge stems from an incident in September 2010 when Officer Marty Foote attempted to make a stop of Shields' vehicle. She did not stop, but continued to drive at a high rate of speed through a housing area. Shields' vehicle was driving erratically, swerving, and traveling at speeds in excess of 80 mph. The pursuit left Fort Thompson, headed out of town, and then back towards town. The officer was able to get a visual of the driver, recognizing her as the defendant.

The pursuit continued for some time. The vehicle was traveling over 40 mph and continued to swerve all over the highway. The vehicle came to a stop in the approach of a residence. Officer Foote pulled in behind the vehicle. At this time the reverse lights on the defendant's vehicle came on, and it backed into Officer Foot's vehicle, ramming the bumper of his vehicle. Officer Foote was not injured. He was able to arrest Shields, at which time she threatened Officer Foote. The officer could detect an odor of alcohol on the defendant.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. 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.



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