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Pine Ridge Man Indicted For Assault With Intent To Commit Murder

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with Intent to Commit Murder, Use of a Firearm during a Crime of Violence, and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

Jourdan Brown, age 18, was indicted on January 21, 2015.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on January 23, 2015, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 2 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for each charge.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges relate to Brown using a baseball bat to assault another man on January 14, 2015, at Pine Ridge, and shooting through the front window of the victim’s house later that same day.

The charges are merely accusations and Brown is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich is prosecuting the case.

Brown was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for March 31, 2015.

Updated June 22, 2015