Pierre, SD- KCCR reports an Eagle Butte man now could face up to at least 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to two federal charges stemming from a standoff with law enforcement last October at a Pierre trailer home.
Jason Todd Garreau, 27, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Pierre Federal Court to one count of Assaulting, Resisting and Impeding Federal Officers and one count of Discharge of a Firearm during a Crime of Violence.
Garreau will be sentenced June 2. He remains in custody at the Hughes County Jail.
Both charges occurred during the almost nine-hour standoff between Garreau and law enforcement October 31 at a Pierre trailer home. During the incident, two Pierre Police officers were wounded. In the court documents, prosecutors say Garreau used a 9 mm Hi-Point brand handgun and a 12-gauge Benelli shotgun.
As part of the plea bargain, 17 other charges against Garreau were dismissed. That included his actions that occurred October 30 in Hyde County where 24-year-old John Garreaux of Dupree was killed in a shootout with law enforcement.
On each of the two charges he pleaded guilty to, Garreau faced a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, a $250,000 fine and supervised release up to life.. But as part of the plea bargain, both sides will ask Judge Roberto Lange for a 10 year sentence on each charge, with the sentences to run consecutively.
Lange has ordered a pre-sentence investigation.
Garreau also has agreed to plead guilty in Hughes County Circuit Court to one count of Attempted Murder. He had originally been charged with two counts of Attempted Murder involving the two police officers.
Court documents indicate that both sides will ask for a 20-year sentence on the state charge as well, to be served consecutively with the federal charges.
Garreau is scheduled to tentatively appear later this month in Hughes County Circuit Court on the state charge.