Lower Brule Man Charged with Assault with Intent to Commit Murder, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota
United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with Intent to Commit Murder, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.
Rain LaRoche, age 31, was indicted in August of 2022. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 10, 2022, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 40 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and a $300 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on July 19, 2022, at Fort Thompson, South Dakota, LaRoche assaulted another person with a dangerous weapon, causing serious bodily injury. The Indictment further alleges that LaRoche committed the acts with the intent to murder the victim.
The charges are merely accusations and Ducheneaux is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Justice Services, Crow Creek Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.
LaRoche was detained pending trial. A trial date has been set for October 11, 2022.
Updated April 19, 2023
Indian Country Law and Justice