Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on December 3, 2019, a federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment against Kurtis L. Peters, Jr. (age: 22), formerly of Keshena, which is located on the Menominee Indian Reservation.
The indictment charged Peters with Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 113(a)(6). If convicted, Peters faces a maximum of ten years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.
According to the indictment, on or about June 26, 2018, the defendant operated a motor vehicle while under the influence on a state highway within the boundaries of the Menominee Indian Reservation. Peters allegedly lost control of the vehicle, causing it to crash and resulting in serious injury to a female passenger.
The Menominee Tribal Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case, which Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier will prosecute.
An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.