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Belcourt Woman Charged with Assaulting a Federal Officer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Belcourt, North Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer.

Gloria Peltier, age 20, was indicted on January 23, 2019.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 28, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in federal prison 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 December 18, 2018, Peltier was being held at the Lower Brule Detention Center and did forcibly assault, resist, impede, intimidate, and interfere with a corrections officer while they were engaged in the performance of their duties.

The charge is merely an accusation and Peltier is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.   

Peltier was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated March 1, 2019