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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 21, 2014

Dupree Man Charged With Assaulting A Federal Officer

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Dupree, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a federal contract officer.

Cleveland Buckman, age 37, was indicted on July 15, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 17, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 8 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

Buckman is alleged to have forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe law enforcement officer in June 2014 in Dupree.  The incident resulted in physical contact with and bodily injury to the law enforcement officer.

The charge is merely an accusation and Buckman 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 Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case.   

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


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Updated June 22, 2015