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United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eden, South Dakota, man has been charged with two counts by a federal grand jury for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Felony Child Abuse and Neglect of a Child.

 

Jeremiah Lynn Renville, Jr., age 39, was indicted on October 10, 2018.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on October 17, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

According to the Indictment, on February 13 and 14, 2018, Renville engaged in assaultive and abusive conduct toward a child under the age of seven years.  For the assault charge, the maximum penalty upon conviction is up to ten (10) years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, and 3 years of supervised release.  For the child abuse charge, the maximum penalty upon conviction is up to fifteen (15) years of imprisonment, a $30,000 fine, or both, and 3 years of supervised release.  Each charge also carries a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered. 

 

The charges are merely accusations and Renville is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Sioux Tribe’s Law Enforcement.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting the case.   

 

Renville was released on conditions pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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