United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, Opposing and Impeding a Federal Officer, was sentenced on January 23, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Matthew Dupris, age 29, was sentenced to 7 months custody, followed by 2 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.
Dupris was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 14, 2017. He pled guilty on October 5, 2017.
The conviction stemmed from an incident on May 25, 2017, when law enforcement was dispatched to a residence for assistance in removing Dupris from the home due to him being intoxicated. Dupris had previously been released on Tribal Court charges, and had been ordered not to consume alcoholic beverages while he was out on bond. Upon law enforcement arrival, Dupris was advised that he was under arrest for violating the conditions of his Tribal Court release from custody. While walking towards the patrol car, Dupris pulled away from the officer, turned towards them and spit on the officer. The officer was able to get Dupris into the back of the patrol car and transported him to the Cheyenne River Adult Detention Center, where he was turned over without further incident.
This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.
Dupris was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
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