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Friday, January 12, 2018

Lower Brule Man Charged with Assault

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer.

Tyler Harmon, age 27, was indicted on February 15, 2017.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 10, 2018, 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 November 12, 2016, Harmon forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with a lieutenant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, while said lieutenant was engaged in the performance of his official duties.

The charge is merely an accusation and Harmon 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.   

Harmon was released on bond pending trial, which has not been set.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Updated January 12, 2018