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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Eagle Butte Man Charged With Assaulting A Federal Officer

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding a Federal Officer Involving Physical Contact.

Lucas Curley, age 23, was indicted on October 15, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 22, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 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.  

The Indictment alleges that in March of 2014, Curley forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Officer while the officer was engaged in the performance of his official duties.

The charge is merely an accusation and Curley 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.   

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

Updated June 22, 2015