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North Dakota 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 Belcourt, North Dakota, woman convicted of Assaulting a Federal Officer was sentenced on July 8, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Gloria Peltier, age 20, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in federal prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Peltier was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 23, 2019.  She pled guilty on March 25, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on December 18, 2018, when Peltier was being held at the Lower Brule Detention Center and was caught with contraband.  When a corrections officer took the contraband, Peltier became agitated and correction officers had to remove Peltier from the jail cell.  When the officers were removing Peltier from the cell, she balled her hand into a fist and punched one of the officers in the face causing a laceration. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

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

Updated July 16, 2019