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

Thursday, October 6, 2016

McLaughlin Man Charged with Aggravated Assault

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Maurice Thundershield, age 22, was indicted on September 13, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on October 4, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on August 5, 2016, Thundershield aided and abetted in the assault of another individual with a bat, causing serious bodily injury.

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

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

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

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated October 6, 2016