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Norris Man Sentenced for Assault, Failure to Appear, and Distribution of Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Norris, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, Failure to Appear,  and Distribution of a Controlled Substance, was sentenced on July 29, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Brandon Jones, age 25, was sentenced to a total of 36 months in federal prison, 3 years of supervised release, $300 in restitution, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $300.

Jones was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 14, 2017 for the Assault charge, August 13, 2018, for the Failure to Appear Charge, and on January 23, 2019, for the Distribution charge.  He pled guilty to all three charges on March 5, 2019.

The Assault conviction stemmed from an incident on May 6, 2017, when Jones was driving under the influence of methamphetamine at speeds of 100 miles per hour or more, and rear-ended another vehicle causing serious bodily injury to three individuals in the vehicle.

The Failure to Appear conviction stemmed from an incident July 16, 2018, when Jones was summoned to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno for a scheduled hearing for his Assault charge and failed to appear for the court as directed. 

The Distribution conviction stemmed from an incident on September 10, 2018, when Jones sold 2.1 grams of methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

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

Updated July 31, 2019