St. Francis man pleads guilty to assault charge
605-343-2913 ext. 2101
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Jeffrey Curry, age 29, of St. Francis, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on February 12, 2013 and pled guilty to Assaulting, Resisting, Opposing and Impeding a Federal Officer. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment.
The conviction stems from an incident that took place on July 22, 2012 when Curry’s vehicle was being pursued by officers. Curry drove his vehicle at an officer’s vehicle, which caused the officer’s vehicle to leave the roadway to avoid being hit. Curry used similar driving behaviors to force other officers and at least one citizen to take evasive action to avoid Curry’s vehicle.
The investigation was conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher.
A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for May 7, 2013. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.