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Eagle Butte Woman Charged With Assault With Dangerous Weapon

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 woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

Rae Jean Araujo Cota, a/k/a Rae Jean Slides Off, age 36, was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 16, 2013. She appeared before US Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 30, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of custody; a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; a $100 special assessment; and restitution.

The charges relate to two alleged assaults of the same victim that occurred in Eagle Butte in November and December of 2012. One assault involved a knife, and the other a frying pan. The charges are merely accusations, and Araujo Cota is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. Araujo Cota was remanded to the custody of the US Marshal. A trial date has been set for April 2, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015