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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Rosebud Man Indicted on Assault Charges

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

Robert Lee Burnette, age 24, was indicted on August 16, 2017.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 18, 2017, 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, 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 July 14, 2017, Burnette threatened two individuals with a knife, and 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 an accusation and Burnette is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson is prosecuting the case.   

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

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Updated September 25, 2017