Samantha Taylor Jones, age 27, and Valarie Jean Crazy Bull, age 63, were both indicted on September 9, 2020. They both appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 11, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction for Child Abuse is up to 15 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The maximum penalty upon conviction for Assault With a Dangerous Weapon is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on August 11, 2019, Jones and Crazy Bull abused, exposed, tortured, tormented, and cruelly punished a child. The Indictment further alleges that Crazy Bull assaulted an individual with an umbrella with intent to due bodily harm.
The charges are merely accusations and Jones and Crazy Bull are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Elmore is prosecuting the case.
Jones and Crazy Bull were released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.