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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mission Man Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Roger Watts, age 34, of Mission, South Dakota, convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on March 7, 2018, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Roger Watts was sentenced to 126 months in prison, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Watts was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 15, 2017. He was convicted following a two-day jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota.

The charge stems from an incident that occurred on January 20, 2017, in the North Antelope Community near Mission. On that date, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services officers were investigating an allegation that Watts had stolen property and questioned him at a home in North Antelope. After being questioned, Watts was informed he was being arrested. Watts became combative and charged at one of the officers, physically engaging him. A struggle ensued and the officer sustained a knee injury during the struggle.

“Tribal law enforcement officers, like all law enforcement officers, have a tough and often dangerous job,” said U.S. Attorney Parsons. “An attack on one of them is an attack on all of us and can never be tolerated. Unfortunately, this is not the first time this Defendant has been convicted of assaulting a Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services officer. The sentence in this case reflects the severe penalties that a defendant faces when he chooses to assault an officer, particularly when he has a history of such criminal behavior.”

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

Watts was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Updated March 8, 2018