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Mission Man Indicted for Criminal Contempt Charges

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Criminal Contempt.

Frank Iron Heart, age 39, was indicted on February 13, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 24, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 6 months in federal prison and/or a $1,000 fine, and $10 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on December 18, 2018, Iron Heart willfully and unlawfully disobeyed and resisted a subpoena issued by the U.S. District Court requiring him to appear at a federal hearing in Pierre, South Dakota.

The charge is merely an accusation and Iron Heart is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Elmore is prosecuting the case.   

Iron Heart was released on his own recognizance pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated April 29, 2019

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