- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota man who engaged in a pepper spray exchange with a tribal police officer has been sentenced to more than a year in prison.

Thirty-three-year-old John DeNoyer, of Mission, pleaded guilty in December to a charge of assaulting, resisting, opposing and impeding a federal officer.

The incident happened last July on the Rosebud Indian Reservation after an officer responded to a report that DeNoyer was drunk and causing a disturbance.

Authorities say DeNoyer refused the officer’s order to drop a canister of pepper spray he was holding, so the officer retrieved his own can of pepper spray and the two men exchanged salvos.

U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange sentenced DeNoyer to 15 months in custody and two years of supervised release.



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