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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Eagle Butte Man Charged with Assault of a Federal Officer

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.


Thomas James Shan Looking Horse, a/k/a TJ. Shan Looking Horse, age 31, was indicted on January 19, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 31, 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 $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.


The Indictment alleges that on December 19, 2016, Looking Horse forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with a Police Sergeant and a Correctional Officer from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, while they were performing their official duties.


The charges are merely accusations and Looking Horse 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.


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

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated February 4, 2017