States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting and Impeding two federal contract officers.
William Pay Pay, age 51, was indicted on February 12, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on February 18, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
Pay Pay is alleged to have forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with two different Cheyenne River Sioux tribal law enforcement officers in December 2013 in Eagle Butte. The incident resulted in bodily injury to and physical contact with the law enforcement officers.
The charges are merely an accusation and Pay Pay is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law
Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case.
Pay Pay was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.