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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bullhead Man Sentenced On Domestic Assault Charge

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Bullhead man convicted of Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender was sentenced on April 29, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. Willard Paul Farrell, III, age 25, was sentenced to 33 months of imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

Farrell was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2012. On January 2, 2013, he pled guilty to Count I of the indictment that charged him with Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender.

The conviction stems from an incident in January 2011 when the Defendant ran up to the victim, unprovoked, and assaulted her on a public street. The Defendant and the victim had previously been in a domestic relationship, and at the time of the incident, the victim had a restraining order in place to prevent the Defendant from having contact with or harassing her.

As a result of the assault, the victim sustained numerous scrapes and bruises, along with a fractured cheekbone.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Morley prosecuted the case.

Farrell was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.

Updated June 22, 2015