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Whitehorse Man Indicted for Assault

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Whitehorse, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to an Intimate Partner

Shawn Traversie, age 31, was indicted on February 17, 2016. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno on February 19, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 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 November 30, 2015, Traversie unlawfully assaulted the victim with a belt and buckle.  The Indictment also alleges that on December 10, 2015, Traversie unlawfully committed a domestic assault upon the victim, his spouse, that resulted in substantial bodily injury.

The charges are merely an accusation and Traversie is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated February 23, 2016

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