United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.
Franklin Running Horse, age 48, was indicted on July 15, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Mark A. Moreno on July 31, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 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.
The Indictment alleges that on or about April 10, 2014, in Todd County, Running Horse assaulted the victim with a dangerous weapon, that is, shod feet, and the assault resulted in serious bodily injury.
The charge is merely an accusation and Running Horse is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher is prosecuting the case.
Running Horse was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.