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

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Two Pine Ridge Men Indicted For Assaulting Two Men With A Firearm

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that two Pine Ridge, South Dakota men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly using a firearm to attempt to murder two other men at Pine Ridge on March 20, 2013.

Irving Provost, Jr., age 35, and Lester Waters, age 32, were indicted by a federal grand jury on May 21, 2013 for assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Provost and Waters appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on May 29, 2013, and pled not guilty to the indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. The charges are merely an accusation and Provost and Waters are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.

Provost and Waters were remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has been set for August 6, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015