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Wakpala Woman Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Wakpala, South Dakota, woman convicted of two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on July 27, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.     

Averil Linette Cadotte, age 37, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, $200 in restitution, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200.

Cadotte was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 9, 2019.  She pled guilty on May 5, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on June 4, 2016, in Wakpala, when Cadotte ran over two individuals with a car, with the intent to do bodily harm. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirsten Jasper prosecuted the case.

Cadotte is to self-report to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service on August 18, 2020.

Updated August 4, 2020

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