United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pierre, South Dakota, man charged with Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding a Federal Officer pled guilty and was sentenced on January 8, 2014, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.
Glen Trudell, Jr., age 31, was sentenced to 12 months of custody, 12 months of supervised release, and $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
The conviction stems from an incident that took place on August 18, 2013, when two Deputy U.S. Marshals were returning to Pierre from working on a federal fugitive operation. Around 5:00 a.m. that day, the Pierre Police Department received a call from a woman reporting that Trudell was at her residence causing damage. Due to the nature of the call, the deputy marshals went to monitor the location while the Pierre Police Department made contact with the woman. The deputies observed Trudell digging through a duffel bag outside the apartment. Trudell saw the deputies, yelled at them to get out of their vehicle, and began to approach them. The deputies identified themselves to Trudell as police and told him to stop. The deputies were wearing law enforcement clothing, duty gear belts, and badges. When the deputies exited the vehicle, Trudell was within several feet of them. Trudell had his hands in his pockets and was ordered to remove them. He did not initially comply, but when he did, one of the deputies observed brass knuckles on his right hand in a closed fist. The deputy yelled “brass knuckles,” reached for his pepper spray, and deployed it in Trudell’s eyes for one second from about six feet away.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rich and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler.
Trudell was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.