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Gettysburg Man Charged with Assaults

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Gettysburg, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Christopher Arpan, age 51, was indicted on November 14, 2017.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 21, 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, 6 years of supervised release, and up to $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on August 24, 2017, Arpan unlawfully assaulted an adult male victim with a wooden cane, causing the victim serious bodily injury.

The charges are merely accusations and Arpan 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 Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.   

Arpan was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has been set for January 23, 2018.

Updated November 28, 2017

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