McLaughlin Man Indicted for Assaulting Man with Box Cutter
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.
Roland Joseph Thundershield, a/k/a Roland Joseph Antelope, age 39, was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2012. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on May 24, 2012, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and a $100 Special Assessment. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charge relates to an allegation that Thundershield assaulted a McLaughlin man with a box cutter in January 2011. The charge is merely an accusation, and Thundershield is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. Thundershield was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.