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

Monday, February 6, 2017

Lower Brule Woman Charged with Assault of a Federal Officer

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer.

Majestic Byington, age 23, was indicted on August 16, 2016. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 2, 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 15, 2016, Byington assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with a Special Agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, while the agent was engaged in the performance of his official duties.

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

investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.

Byington was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated February 6, 2017