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St. Francis Woman Charged with 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 St. Francis, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, Opposing, and Impeding a Federal Officer.

Traelyn Lashae McCloskey, age 18, was indicted on August 16, 2016.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 25, 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 May 7, 2016, McCloskey forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with an officer from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, while said officer was performing his official duties.

The charge is merely an accusation and McCloskey 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.   

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

Updated September 2, 2016

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