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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 6, 2017

Keshena Man Indicted for Domestic Abuse Offenses on Menominee Indian Reservation

Gregory J. Haanstad, U.S. Attorney, announced that on January 4, 2017, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against a man involved in habitual domestic violence offenses on the Menominee Indian Reservation. The indictment named Jeffrey Matchopatow (age: 22) of Keshena. Count One of the indictment charged Matchopatow with Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender in violation of 18 United States Code, Section 117. Count Two of the indictment charged Matchopatow with Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury in violation of 18 United States Code, Section 113. On each count Matchopatow faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release.

 

According to the indictment, on September 11, 2016, the defendant assaulted a person with whom he lived, resulting in a facial laceration requiring sutures and a fractured jaw. Prior to September 11, 2016, Matchopatow had been convicted in Menominee Tribal Court of at least two cases involving domestic violence, which according to the indictment makes him a habitual offender under federal law.

 

The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.

 

An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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For additional information contact:

Acting Public Information Officer Elizabeth Makowski at 414 297-1700

Updated January 6, 2017