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Nebraska Man Arraigned On Assault Charge

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Winnebago, Nebraska man has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Lawrence Bassette, age 28, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 13, 2013 for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 22, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both, and a period of supervised release of 3 years.

The charge is merely an accusation and Bassette is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Morley is prosecuting the case.

Bassette was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015