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Pine Ridge Man Indicted on Assault Charges

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault With a Dangerous Weapon, Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury, and Discharge of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime of Violence.

Charles Schrader, age 54, was indicted on December 8, 2020.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta L. Wollmann on December 9, 2020, and pleadded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on November 10, 2020, Schrader shot an individual with a firearm with the intent to do bodily harm and the assault resulted in serious bodily injury.  The charges are merely accusations and Schrader is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman is prosecuting the case.   


Schrader was detained pending trial.  A trial has been set for February 16, 2020.

Updated December 15, 2020