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Lower Brule Woman Sentenced for Assault

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 charged with Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer pled guilty and was sentenced on May 16, 2018, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Candace Byington, age 37, was sentenced to 4 months in custody and $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on April 27, 2017, when Byington was brought into the Lower Brule Tribal jail following her tribal arrest for a probation violation, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and resisting arrest.  Upon arrival at the facility, Byington was searched, per department policy.  A correctional officer conducted the search.  At several points during the search, Byington would turn her body away, and physically resisted the officer’s search. 

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley. 

Byington was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated May 17, 2018

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