Batesland Man Sentenced For Assaulting A Federal Officer
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Batesland man convicted of Assault on a Federal Officer was sentenced on December 11, 2012, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken. William Morrisette, age 23, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day of imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $100 to the Victim Assistance Fund.
In January 2012, during a traffic stop near Pine Ridge, Morrisette threw cocaine in the face of a tribal police officer who had pulled him over. Morrisette pled guilty on June 19, 2012.
This case was investigated by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins prosecuted the case.