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Fort Washakie man arraigned on assault charges

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

Aaron Clair Bigknife, age 30, of Fort Washakie, Wyoming, was arraigned on Mar. 6 for assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Bigknife pleaded not guilty. A trial has been scheduled to begin on May 13 before U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson.

Bigknife was detained at the request of the government and remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. If convicted, Bigknife faces up to 20 years in prison, six years of supervised release and up to a $500,000 fine. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This crime is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Elmore.

An indictment merely contains allegations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Case No. 23-CR-00134


Contact: Lori Hogan (Contractor)
Public Information Officer
Office: 307-772-2124 
Twitter: @usaowy

Updated March 6, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-018