Lower Brule Man Sentenced on Assault Charge
October 17, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney
U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule man charged with Assaulting a Federal Officer was sentenced on October 17, 2011, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. James C. LaRoche, age 37, was sentenced to 21 months in custody and 3 years of supervised release.
LaRoche was indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2011. He pled guilty to an Information in July 2011. The charge stems from an incident in April of 2011, when LaRoche was being arrested on tribal domestic violence charges and refused to comply with the arresting officers. LaRoche struggled while two law enforcement officers attempted to place him in a police car. One officer attempted to pull LaRoche into the car. LaRoche kicked backwards, striking the other officer in the chest, knocking the wind out of him and causing pain and discomfort.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.
LaRoche was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal to begin serving his sentence.
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