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Lower Brule Man Sentenced For Assaulting, Resisting And Impeding A Federal Officer

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on May 29, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Elmer LaRoche, age 26, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day of imprisonment, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

LaRoche was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 11, 2012. The charge stems from an incident on or about the 1st day of November, 2012, wherein LaRoche was at a home in Lower Brule, intoxicated, and refused to leave. A tribal court order had been posted on the door regarding no intoxicated persons were to enter the house. An officer was dispatched to the residence, and during the arrest LaRoche resisted and struggled with the officer causing physical contact. LaRoche struck the officer in the head with a metal can.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

LaRoche was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015