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Pine Ridge Man Charged With Assaulting a Federal Officer

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 assaulting a federal officer in Shannon County on May 6, 2011.

Bennett Leroy Sierra, Jr., age 40, was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 22, 2012, for Assaulting a Federal Officer. Sierra 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 20 years' imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. The charge is merely an accusation, and Sierra 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 Eric Kelderman is prosecuting the case. Sierra was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. A trial date has been set for May 1, 2012.




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