United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Timber Lake, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Assault by Striking, Beating and Wounding.
Thomas James Jones Winston, age 28, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 13, 2012. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 22, 2012, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction of possession with intent to distribute marijuana is 5 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both. The maximum penalty upon conviction of assault by striking, beating, and wounding is 6 months in custody, a $5,000 fine, or both.
The charges are merely accusations, and Winston is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller. Winston was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. A trial date has been set for May 21, 2012.