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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lower Brule Woman Charged With Assault With A Dangerous Weapon

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Deborah Beardsley, age 50, was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 11, 2013 for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. Beardsley appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on June 3, 2013 and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release, an additional 2 years of supervised release upon revocation; and a mandatory $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge is merely an accusation, and Beardsley is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.

Beardsley was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015