McLaughlin Man Indicted on Assault Charges
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to an Intimate Partner.
Reginald Brooks, age 44, was indicted on October 15, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on October 23, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and up to $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on or about October 12, 2014, Brooks assaulted his intimate partner with a dangerous weapon, which resulted in substantial bodily injury.
The charges are merely accusations and Brooks is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.
Brooks was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.