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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 29, 2016

Rosebud Woman Charged with Assaulting a Federal Officer

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

Abigail Marie Garneaux, a/k/a Abigail Marie Garcia, age 27, was indicted on July 19, 2016. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 28, 2016, 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 May 28, 2016, Garneaux forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, or interfered with an officer from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, while said officer was engaged in his official duties.  The offense included bodily injury and use of a pepper spray on the officer.

The charge is merely an accusation and Garneaux 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 Carrie G. Sanderson is prosecuting the case.   

Garneaux was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated July 29, 2016