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

Friday, June 28, 2013

Wounded Knee Man Charged With Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wounded Knee, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Berdell Shot, age 29, was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 19, 2012. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on June 25, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 15 years’ in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; life of supervised release; and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge is merely an accusation and Shot 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 Tim Maher is prosecuting the case.

Shot was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals pending trial. A trial date has been set for August 13, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015