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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Thursday, April 30, 2015

McLaughlin Woman Sentenced For Assault With A Dangerous Weapon

Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, woman convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on April 27, 2015, by U.S. District Court Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Gwendolyn Iron Shield, a/k/a Gwendolyn Taken Alive, age 41, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day of custody, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Iron Shield was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 10, 2014.  She pled guilty on November 19, 2014.

On or about April 20, 2014, a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officer was dispatched to a house in McLaughlin, where an adult male victim had been stabbed.  Upon arriving at the residence, the officer made contact with the victim and observed a deep laceration to the upper portion of his left arm.  The victim informed the officer that following an argument, he attempted to leave the residence he shared with Iron Shield.  According to the victim, Iron Shield charged him outside of the residence with a large kitchen knife, and as he was trying to protect himself, he was stabbed on the arm.

This case was investigated by the BIA, Standing Rock Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

Iron Shield is to self-surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service by May 26, 2015.

Updated June 22, 2015