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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Agency Village Man Sentenced to 3 Years for Aggravated Assault of Girlfriend

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Agency Village, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault of a Partner by Strangulation was sentenced on November 18, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. 

Joshua John Max, age 36, was sentenced to 36 months of federal custody, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.  He was ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  

According to court documents, on April 25, 2015, Max unlawfully assaulted an intimate partner and dating partner by strangling and suffocating, and attempting to do so.  Max and the victim were in a dating relationship.  On April 25, 2015, Max tried to call the victim all morning, but did not reach her.  Her doors were locked, but Max entered the house by climbing through a window.  Max became angry after looking at her cellular telephone and seeing something on her Facebook account that bothered him.  Max grabbed the victim, pushed her down on the bed, and choked her, causing bodily injuries to her neck and throat. 

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.   

Max was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Violent Crime
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Updated November 23, 2019