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Fort Thompson Woman Charged with Assaulting a Federal Officer

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer.

Jennifer Surrounded, age 35, was indicted on March 9, 2021. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 24, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in federal prison 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 February 12, 2021, in Fort Thompson, Surrounded assaulted an officer with a knife while the officer was engaged in the performance of his official duties.

The charge is merely an accusation and Surrounded 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 Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.

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

Updated March 29, 2021

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime