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Fort Thompson Man Charged With Assaulting, Resisting And Impeding A Federal Officer

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting and Impeding a Federal Officer.

Tony O. St. John, a/k/a Anthony St. John, age 25, was indicted on October 15, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 10, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and up to $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.  
The Indictment alleges that on or about September 30, 2014, St. John forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with officers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency, when the officers were engaged in the performance of their official duties and employed as federal law enforcement officers with the Department of Interior.

The charges are merely accusations and St. John is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.   

St. John was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has been set for January 6, 2015.

Updated June 22, 2015