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McLaughlin Man Charged With Assault

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Arnold Schott, age 79, was indicted on July 17, 2013, for Assault By Striking, Beating and Wounding. Schott appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on July 25, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction of the charge is 6 months imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, or both, up to 5 years of probation, and a $10 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges are merely accusations, and Schott is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Grant Walker is prosecuting the case.

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

Updated June 22, 2015