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McLaughlin Man Charged with Assaulting a Federal Officer and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer, and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

Amos Talks, age 24, was indicted on August 13, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on September 3, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on June 21, 2018, Talks did forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate, and interfere with a federal law enforcement officer, and that such conduct involved the use of a dangerous weapon.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirsten Jasper is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated September 6, 2019

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