Mission Woman Indicted on Assault Charges

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MISSION, SD – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault With a Dangerous Weapon.

Julia Larae Swift Hawk, age 25, was indicted on October 14, 2020.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 21, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on January 14, 2020, Swift Hawk assaulted two individuals with a sharp edged instrument following a verbal confrontation.

The charge is merely an accusation and Swift Hawk 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 Michael J. Elmore is prosecuting the case.

Swift Hawk was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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