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Eagle Butte Man Charged With Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Loren Laplante, Jr., age 24, was indicted on February 11, 2015. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 17, 2015, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 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.

The Indictment alleges that on January 9, 2015, Laplante unlawfully assaulted the victim in Dupree, South Dakota. The assault resulted in serious bodily injury to the victim.

The charge is merely an accusation and Laplante 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.   

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

Updated June 22, 2015