United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for assault with a dangerous weapon.
Roland Joseph Thundershield, a/k/a Roland Joseph Antelope, age 39, was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2012. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on May 24, 2012 and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; three years of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charge relates to an allegation that Thundershield assaulted a McLaughlin man with a box cutter in January 2011. The charge is merely an accusation, and Thundershield is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. Thundershield was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service. A trial date has not yet been set.