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Bullhead Man Charged with Vehicular Battery

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Bullhead, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Vehicular Battery.

Frank Chapman, age 30, was indicted on December 16, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on December 13, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 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 July 25, 2019, in Dewey County, Chapman drove a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and caused serious bodily injury to another individual.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.   

Chapman was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated December 19, 2019

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