Lower Brule Woman Pleads Guilty to Assault Charge
Assistant United States Attorney
U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Adeline Skunk, age 38, of Lower Brule, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on June 20, 2012, and pled guilty to a Superseding Information that charged her with Assaulting a Federal Officer. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 8 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The conviction stems from an incident on March 24, 2012, when law enforcement responded to a call that Skunk was pushing around a baby stroller while intoxicated. Upon arriving at the scene, law enforcement attempted to find a family member to care for the child. Skunk became upset and began to shout profanities at the officer. She then picked up a metal vent cover and began to swing at the officer. The officer was able to grab Skunk and force her to the ground, during which time she bit the officer. After she was taken into custody, the officer sought medical treatment for the bite and other abrasions and bruising.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 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 September 24, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.