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Lower Brule Woman Sentenced for Assaulting, Resisting and Impeding a Federal Officer

May 17, 2013
Contact: Ace Crawford
605-343-2913 ext. 2101

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota woman convicted of Assaulting, Resisting and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on May 15, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Lauren LaRoche, age 24, was sentenced to 12 months of imprisonment, 6 months of supervised release, and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

LaRoche was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 13, 2013. She pled guilty to an Information on May 15, 2013. The charge stems from an incident on February 8, 2013 wherein LaRoche, and her brother, Marty LaRoche, who has pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing, both did forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate, and interfere with a federal officer while the officer was engaged in the performance of his official duties.

LaRoche also pled guilty to a Petition to Revoke Supervised Release and was sentenced to 5 months of imprisonment to be served consecutively with the above sentence. That charge stems from a previous conviction regarding an original offense of Possession of a Controlled Firearm, for which she was sentenced to 18 months in custody and 2 years of supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.

LaRoche was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.



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