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United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that four Sisseton, South Dakota, people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for aggravated assault and robbery.

Brendon Javon Jacob Rodlund, age 32, and Andrew Renville, age 31, were indicted on November 3, 2020.  Each appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on December 14, 2020, and pled not guilty to the superseding indictment.

Tiffany Bernard, age 28, and Randall Delbert Pumpkinseed, age 31, were charged on October 6, 2020.  Each appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on October 15, 2020, and pled not guilty.

The Indictment alleges that between November 16, and November 17, 2015, Rodlund, Bernard, Pumpkinseed, and Renville, while aiding and abetting each other, assaulted, with intent to commit murder; unlawfully cut, cut off and disabled a limb with the intent to maim; did by force, violence and intimidation take and attempt to take things of value from the victim; assaulted with a dangerous weapon, with the intent to do bodily harm; and unlawfully assaulted the victim, and said assault resulted in serious bodily injury.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for each offense is 10 years up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and up to $500 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges are merely accusation and Rodlund, Bernard, Pumpkinseed, and Renville are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting the case.   

Rodlund is currently serving a federal prison sentence and remains in custody.  Renville is currently serving a state prison sentence and remains in custody.  Bernard was detained pending trial.  Pumpkinseed was released pending trial.  A trial date has been set for February 16, 2020.

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