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Lower Brule Woman Pled Guilty and Was Sentenced to Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, woman charged with Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer pled guilty and was sentenced on May 10, 2017, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Majestic Byington, age 23, was sentenced to 12 months in custody, 12 months of supervised release, and $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on April 15, 2016, when a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation responded to a call for assistance for an uncooperative female from the BIA.

Byington was located hiding under a bed. She was very belligerent, uncooperative and refused to stand up, calling law enforcement personnel names. Byington was carried outside because she refused to walk. Byington spat three times, through the cage area, at the FBI Special Agent. Her spit landing on his head, neck and shoulder.

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

Byington was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to serve her sentence concurrently with a state court sentence for assaulting an officer.


Updated May 11, 2017

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