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Nebraska Woman Sentenced for Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Winnebago, Nebraska, woman convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer. The sentencing took place on August 28, 2023.

Trista Whitewater, age 33, was sentenced to two years in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Whitewater was indicted by a federal grand jury in November of 2022. She pleaded guilty on June 23, 2023.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on June 8, 2023, when Whitewater, who was booked at the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Yankton Sioux Correctional Facility in Wagner for several tribal charges, assaulted a Lead Correctional Officer. After causing a disruption in her pod, Whitewater threatened to hit the Lead Correctional Officer and then fought with the Lead Correctional Officer and other correctional officers, including swinging her fists and scratching the officers, resulting in scratches on the Lead Correctional Officer’s face and her glasses being broken.

This case was investigated by the BIA. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann M. Hoffman prosecuted the case.

This matter was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office because the Major Crimes Act, a federal statute, mandates that certain violent crimes alleged to have occurred in Indian Country be prosecuted in federal court as opposed to State court.

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

Updated September 17, 2023