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Mission Woman Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Mission, South Dakota, woman convicted of Assaulting, Opposing, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on February 27, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Abigail Marie Garneaux, a/k/a Abigail Marie Garcia, age 29, was sentenced to 6 months in custody, to be followed by 6 months of home confinement, 2 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Garneaux was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 19, 2016. She pled guilty on December 5, 2016.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on the evening of May 28, 2016. A Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services Officer observed a vehicle parked on the highway, with visible open alcohol containers inside. Garneaux was in the driver’s seat and officers asked her to exit the vehicle. Garneaux failed field sobriety tests and the officer informed her she was going to be arrested. Without provocation, Garneaux proceeded to pepper spray the officer directly in his face.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie G. Sanderson prosecuted the case.

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

Updated March 9, 2017

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