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St. Francis Man Charged With Assault With A Dangerous Weapon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
Samuel White Lance, age 22, was indicted on November 14, 2013, for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 21, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.           

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, an additional 2 years of supervised release upon revocation, and a mandatory $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered. 
The charge is merely an accusation, and White Lance is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The Indictment alleges that on October 9, 2013, White Lance and the victim argued and fought.  Following the fight, White Lance allegedly assaulted the victim with a knife.
The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers is prosecuting the case. 
White Lance was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.  A trial date has not been set.                              

Updated June 22, 2015