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Woman Indicted for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon on Menominee Indian Reservation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on August 15, 2023, a federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging a woman with an armed assault on the Menominee Indian Reservation. The indictment named Justine V. Peters, (age 34) who most recently lived in Neopit, which is a community in the Menominee Indian Reservation.

The indictment charges Peters with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a)(3) and 1153(a). If convicted of this offense, Peters faces a maximum of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. She also faces up to three years of supervised release and payment of a special assessment.

According to filed court documents, on or about December 20, 2022, Peters assaulted a man with a knife while at a residence, resulting in lacerations to the man’s head and neck.

The Menominee Tribal Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case, which Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier will prosecute.

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

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Updated August 18, 2023