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Lower Brule Man Sentenced on Assault Charge

December 5, 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 December 2, 2011, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno. Lucas LaRoche, age 29, was sentenced to 6 months in custody, 6 months at a halfway house, and 6 months of supervised release.

LaRoche was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 22, 2011. In September 2011 he pled guilty to the charge.

The conviction stems from an incident in June 2011 when LaRoche, while being arrested on tribal charges, made threats to kill the officer, in addition to spitting in the face of the officer.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

LaRoche was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.




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