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Lower Brule Woman Convicted by Federal Jury for Assaulting a Federal Officer

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

PIERRE - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a jury has convicted Barbara McGhee, age 25, of Lower Brule, South Dakota, of Assaulting, Opposing, Resisting, Impeding, Intimidating, or Interfering with a Federal Officer as a result of a two-day federal jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota. The verdict was returned on February 15, 2023.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in federal prison and/or a $100,000 fine, one year of supervised release, and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.  

McGhee was indicted by a federal grand jury in April of 2021. 

The evidence at trial showed that on March 29, 2021, in Lower Brule, McGhee forcibly opposed and resisted two Bureau of Indian Affairs correctional officers. The correctional officers entered McGhee’s jail pod to move McGhee to a different area of the jail. McGhee resisted their attempt to move her, throwing a cup of water, causing the liquid to come in contact with one of the correctional officers. As the officers attempted to restrain her following this incident, McGhee flailed her arms around, striking the other correctional officer on the nose.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Justice Services, Lower Brule Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

A presentence investigation report was ordered and a sentencing date has not been set. McGhee remains out on bond pending sentencing.

Updated February 15, 2023

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