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Wagner Man Indicted for Assault of an Intimate Partner by Strangulation and Suffocation

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Wagner, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault of an Intimate Partner by Strangulation and Suffocation.

Francis Stanford Stricker, age 47, was indicted on March 12, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 15, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison 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 August 7, 2018, Stricker unlawfully committed a domestic assault against his intimate partner, by strangling and suffocating her.

The charge is merely an accusation and Stricker is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Elmore is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated April 19, 2019

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