Fort Thompson Woman Charged with Assaulting a Federal Officer
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer.
Megan Howe, age 21, was indicted on March 15, 2017. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 29, 2017, 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 $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on December 11, 2016, Howe forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with an officer from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, while said officer was engaged in the performance of his official duties and employed as a federal law enforcement officer.
The charge is merely an accusation and Howe is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.
Howe was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.