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Yankton Man Charged with Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Yankton, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Robert Desersa, age 33, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in federal prison, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge relates to Desersa assaulting another male in Sunrise Housing at Martin, South Dakota, on September 17, 2019.  This assault resulted in serious bodily injury to the male.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Martin Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen is prosecuting the case.

Desersa was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date will be set.

Updated November 1, 2019