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Eagle Butte Woman Indicted for Assault

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

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Toni Carole Cochran, age 26, was indicted on January 11, 2022.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 1, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on November 3, 2021, in Dewey County, South Dakota, Cochran assaulted a woman and that assault resulted in serious bodily injury.

The charge is merely an accusation and Cochran 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 Carl Thunem is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated February 2, 2022

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime