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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 Assault by Striking, Beating, and Wounding.

Chad Lara, age 32, was indicted on May 17, 2016.  He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 25, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to one year in custody and/or a $100,000 fine, one year of supervised release, and $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

It is alleged that on April 7, 2016, Chad Lara assaulted another individual by striking, beating and wounding him at the United States Federal Courthouse in Pierre, South Dakota.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay P. Miller is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated May 27, 2016

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