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Fort Thompson Man Sentenced for Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on September 26, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Stuart Dion, age 32, was sentenced to 30 months in custody and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.  This sentence will run concurrent to Dion’s federal conviction for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Dion was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 17, 2016.  He pled guilty on July 13, 2016.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on April 16, 2016, when an officer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs was dispatched to the Community Building in Fort Thompson, South Dakota about Dion being drunk and trying to fight.  Dion was riding a horse and causing a disturbance during a sobriety walk.  

The officer responded to the call and attempted to approach Dion.

The officer began driving his patrol vehicle behind the horse and honked his horn and turned on his emergency lights.  Dion looked back over his shoulder and the horse began running.  The horse began to buck and Dion then fell off the horse.  Dion then stood to his feet and attempted to get back on the horse.  The officer approached Dion and told him to get on the ground.  Dion resisted arrest.  During his arrest, he kicked the officer in the stomach and threatened harm to the officer. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Dion was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated September 26, 2016

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