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Lower Brule man gets prison for assault of officer

A Lower Brule man convicted of assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Dru Peterson, 26, was sentenced to eight months of custody, two years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Peterson was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 14. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 22.

The conviction stems from an incident on Sept. 3, when officers were dispatched to Peterson's home because of an active tribal warrant. Peterson answered the door, saw the officers and attempted to shut the door and flee.

A physical struggle ensued, with Peterson trying to escape. At one point, Peterson took a syringe out of his pocket. The officers directed him to drop it, but he continued to refuse, and there was another physical struggle, until the officers placed him in handcuffs. As the result of the struggles, the officers received scrapes and abrasions, but none was seriously injured.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Peterson was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.