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District of South Dakota

Thursday, February 9, 2017

McLaughlin Man Charged with Domestic Assault by an Habitual Offender

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Domestic Assault by an Habitual Offender.

Theron Wade Makes Him First, age 28, was indicted on January 19, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on January 27, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody and/or a fine of up to $500,000, 3 years of supervised release, and $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund on each count. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on June 28, 2016, Makes Him First unlawfully committed two domestic assaults. At the time of the assaults, he had at least two separate prior convictions for assaults that were against a spouse or intimate partner.

The charges are merely accusation and Makes Him First 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.

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

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated February 9, 2017