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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Eagle Butte Woman Charged With Assault

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

Jessalynn Cook, age 19, was indicted on June 10, 2014.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on June 13, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 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.

Cook is alleged to have assaulted an adult male with a knife in May 2014 in Eagle Butte.  The victim received three different stab wounds.

The charges are merely accusations and Cook 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.   

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


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Updated June 22, 2015