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Rosebud Man Charged with Influencing a Federal Officer by Threat and 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 Rosebud, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Influencing a Federal Officer By Threat and Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer.

Ronald Red Tomahawk, age 31, was indicted on February 15, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 20, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for Influencing a Federal Officer is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, and the maximum penalty for Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer is 8 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine. Both charges could result in 3 years of supervised release, $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and restitution.

The Indictment alleges that on or about September 25, 2016, Red Tomahawk threatened to murder and forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with a law enforcement officer employed by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, while the officer was engaged in the performance of his official duties.

The charges are merely accusations and Red Tomahawk 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.

Red Tomahawk was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated March 24, 2017

Indian Country Law and Justice