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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 Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, woman convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on November 4, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Lee Ann Stenstrom a/k/a LeeAnn Stenstrom, age 36, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Stenstrom was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 13, 2019.  She pled guilty on August 12, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred in Mission on December 26, 2018.  On that date, Stenstrom approached a Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services Officer at a convenience store and said she wanted to report a crime.  The officer detected the odor of alcohol on Stenstrom, and asked to get a statement from Stenstrom outside the store.  Stenstrom agreed.  Once outside, Stenstrom got in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle.  The officer, concerned that Stenstrom was intoxicated, told her not to start the vehicle and attempted to take the keys from the ignition.  Stenstrom then started the vehicle and backed up, knocking the officer down, and then drove away.  She was arrested later that day at a residence in Mission.

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

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

Updated November 6, 2019

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