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

Friday, November 25, 2016

Rosebud Man Charged With Assaulting a Federal Officer

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

Laverne White Horse, age 27, was indicted on October 12, 2016. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 17, 2016, and pled 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 Indictment alleges that on or about August 13, 2016, in Todd County, South Dakota, White Horse assaulted a federal law enforcement officer.

The charge is merely an accusation and White Horse is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson is prosecuting the case.   

White Horse was released on bond pending trial, which is set for January 3, 2017.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated November 25, 2016