United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Jody Jeremy Dupris, age 32, of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on June 20, 2012 and pled guilty to two indictments that charged him with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. The penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody with a maximum term of custody of 20 years, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The convictions arose from two assaults on two different victims. The first incident, in August 2010, arose when Dupris assaulted a man near Cherry Creek. The second assault occurred in May 2011 in Cherry Creek when Dupris used a vehicle he was driving as a dangerous weapon and rammed his vehicle into a van in which the victim was riding.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for September 13, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending sentencing.