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Pine Ridge Man Charged With Killing a Man With a Baseball Bat

February 28, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for using a baseball bat to kill another man at Pine Ridge on February 12, 2012.

Antoine Robert Bissonette, Jr., age 31, was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 22, 2012, for Second Degree Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter. Bissonette appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on February 24, 2012, and pleaded not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is life imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. The charges are merely accusations, and Bissonette is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant United States Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case. Bissonette was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. A trial date has been set for May 1, 2012.




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