Harrold Man Charged with Assault
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Harrold, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer.
Raynard Lee Howe, Jr., age 20, was indicted on July 11, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 17, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 8 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 April 28, 2017, Howe forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with a correctional officer from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, while said correctional officer was engaged in the performance of his official duties. Said conduct involved physical contact with the correctional 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 and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.
Howe was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.