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McLaughlin Man Charged with Assault

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

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 Substantial Bodily Injury to an Intimate Partner.

Johnathan Guggolz, age 41, was indicted on May 16, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on May 30, 2017, 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 up to $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on March 22, 2017, Guggolz knowingly assaulted his significant other with shod feet, with the assault resulting in substantial injury.

The charges are merely accusations and Guggolz 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.

Guggolz was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 2, 2017

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime