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Eagle Butte Man Charged with Assault

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, Opposing, and Impeding a Federal Officer.

Pete Knight, age 54, was indicted on June 14, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on June 16, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and up to $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on May 8, 2017, Knight forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, and interfered with the Ziebach County Sheriff, as well as officers from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, while they were engaged in the performance of their official duties and said conduct involved physical contact with the Sheriff.

The charges are merely accusations and Knight 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.

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

Updated June 23, 2017

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