Mission Man Indicted On Assault Charges
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, and Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender.
Hubert Desersa, age 23, was indicted on July 17, 2013. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 3, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody 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 charges relate to alleged incidents that occurred in Todd County in May 2013 when Desersa assaulted the victim with dangerous weapons, including a knife, causing serious bodily injury. The charges are merely accusations and Desersa is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers is prosecuting the case.
Desersa was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has been set for October 22, 2013.