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District of South Dakota

Friday, April 19, 2013

Mission Man Pleads Guilty To Assaulting A Federal Officer

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Jody Brave, age 42, of Mission, South Dakota appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on April 16, 2013 and pled guilty to Assaulting, Resisting, Opposing, and Impeding a Federal Officer. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on November 6, 2012, when Brave engaged in an altercation with a law enforcement officer during a home disturbance call. Brave grabbed a chain that had a padlock attached to the end, wrapped the end of the chain around his fist, and swung the padlock weighted end of the chain at the officer three times.

The investigation was conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. Maher.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for July 8, 2013. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

Updated June 22, 2015