McLaughlin Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Assaulting Federal Officers

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United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, woman convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on June 13, 2022, by U.S. District Court Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Theresa White Lightning, a/k/a, Theresa Red Fox, age 37, was sentenced to eight months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release.

White Lightning was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 8, 2021.  She pleaded guilty on December 6, 2021.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on May 27, 2020, in McLaughlin in which White Lightning assaulted two Bureau of Indian Affairs police officers while they were performing a lawful arrest.


This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Justice Services, Standing Rock Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook prosecuted the case.

White Lightning was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.