United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte woman charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding a federal officer was sentenced on June 4, 2012, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Pamela Dawn Garreau, age 46, was sentenced to 22 months in custody, 3 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
The conviction arose from an incident that occurred on June 23, 2010, at Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Officers from the Cheyenne River Police Department were called to Garreau’s residence by relatives. When they arrived, they found Garreau in a back bedroom holding a knife. The officers directed her to drop the knife, but instead, she walked toward them. The officers yelled at Garreau to “drop the knife,” but she did not. Garreau began swinging the knife, and one of the officers was cut.
Garreau was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 13, 2010. She pled guilty to assaulting, resisting, or impeding a federal officer on March 2, 2012.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted the case.
Garreau was immediately turned over to the custody of the United States Marshals Service to begin serving her sentence.