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Lower Brule Woman Charged with Assaulting a Federal Officer

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

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

Kristy Andrews, age 27, was indicted on February 11, 2020.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 19, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 8 years in federal prison 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 23, 2019, Andrews assaulted two federal law enforcement officers while they were engaged in the performance of their official duties, and the assaults did involve physical contact.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated February 21, 2020

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