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Mission Man Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer and Simple Assault

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer and Simple Assault was sentenced on April 10, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Patrick Medearis, age 33, was sentenced to 22 months in prison, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Medearis was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 21, 2016. He pled guilty on January 24, 2017.

convictions stem from two separate incidents. On October 31, 2015, Medearis and his girlfriend got into an altercation while driving to Mission. y stopped at the Gus Stop convenience store, at which point Medearis’ girlfriend got out of the vehicle. Medearis grabbed her shirt as she tried to get away and ripped her top off. He then chased after her and grabbed the shirt she was covering herself with before departing the area. Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services (RSTLES) responded and a warrant was subsequently issued for Medearis’ arrest.

On November 28, 2015, a RSTLES officer responded to a report that Medearis, possibly intoxicated, was outside a home in White Horse, revving his engine. The officer subsequently made contact with Medearis during a vehicle stop. During the vehicle stop, Medearis got out of the vehicle and approached the officer brandishing a knife. He refused commands to drop the knife until another RSTLES officer arrived to assist, at which point Medearis was forcibly subdued and arrested.

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

Medearis was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated April 14, 2017

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