Two McLaughlin Women Arraigned on Burglary and Assault Charges
Public Information Officer
605-343-2913, Ext. 2101
U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that two McLaughlin women have been indicted by a federal grand jury for First Degree Burglary and Assault With a Dangerous Weapon.
Thomasine Long Feather, age 20 and Cassie Yellow Earrings, age 21, were indicted by a federal grand jury on December 11, 2012. Both Long Feather and Yellow Earrings appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on December 18, 2012, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 25 years' imprisonment on the burglary charge and 10 years' imprisonment on the assault charge. Both charges include a $250,000 fine and a period of supervised release of 3 years. The charges are merely accusations, and Long Feather and Yellow Earrings are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Morley is prosecuting the case. Both Long Feather and Yellow Earrings were released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.