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Pine Ridge Man Indicted for Assaulting a Federal Officer

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting a Federal Officer.

Franklin Long Black Cat, age 22, was indicted on July 26, 2016.  Long Black Cat appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on July 29, 2016, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 8 years in custody 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 charge relates to Long Black Cat spitting on a deputy U.S. Marshal while he was engaged in his official duties on July 1, 2016, at Rapid City.

The charge is merely an accusation and Long Black Cat is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen is prosecuting the case.

Long Black Cat was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated August 2, 2016

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