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McLaughlin Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse

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 convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor and Abusive Sexual Contact of a Person Incapable of Consent was sentenced on December 4, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Brian Thunder Shield, age 20, was sentenced to 120 months in custody on the Sexual Abuse of a Minor charge, and 36 months in custody on the Abusive Sexual Contact of a Person Incapable of Consent, to be served concurrently.  He was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release on each count to be served concurrently, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200.

Thunder Shield was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 19, 2016.  He pled guilty on July 20, 2017.

The convictions stem from incidents between January 1, 2016, and March 15, 2016, when Thunder Shield sexually abused two juvenile females.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

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

Updated December 12, 2017

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