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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Monday, March 9, 2015

Pine Ridge Man Sentenced For Assaulting A Federal Officer

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting a Federal Officer was sentenced on March 2, 2015, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Jonathan Lee Twiss, age 31, was sentenced to 10 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Twiss pled guilty to the charge on November 20, 2014.  The conviction stems from Twiss forcibly opposing an Oglala Sioux Tribe trooper by attempting to flee from him and refusing to obey commands.  The incident happened near Pine Ridge on March 20, 2014.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.

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

Updated June 22, 2015