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McLaughlin Man Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on October 19, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Amos Talks, age 26, was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Talks was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 13, 2019.  He pled guilty on July 27, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on June 21, 2018, in McLaughlin, when law enforcement was called to a residence where Talks was highly-intoxicated.  When law enforcement arrived, Talks refused to comply with law enforcement, resisted arrest, and a physical altercation commenced, resulting in Talks kicking the officer in the thighs and groin, charging and hitting the officer, and biting the officer’s hand, arm, and knuckles. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirsten Jasper prosecuted the case.

Talks was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated October 25, 2020

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime