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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of South Dakota

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Ronald A. Parsons, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ace Crawford

Lower Brule Man Sentenced for Resisting and Impeding a Federal Officer

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Resisting and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on October 7, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Vincent Battese, age 33, was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison, followed by 1 year of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $25.

Battese was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 16, 2018. He pled guilty on July 16, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on October 5, 2018, when law enforcement went to a known address of Battese, who had an outstanding warrant, and observed Battese in a pickup truck driving from the tree line near the residence. When Battese saw law enforcement, a pursuit ensued and Battese sped away reaching speeds of 80 mph on gravel roads. When Battese attempted to take the vehicle off the road, the pickup became stuck in a ditch and Battese was ultimately apprehended.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Lower Brule Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

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


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