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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Little Eagle Man Charged With Domestic Assault By An Habitual Offender And Assault With A Dangerous Weapon

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Little Eagle, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Chat Moses Bobtail Bear Sr., a/k/a Chate Bobtail Bear Sr., age 35, was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 21, 2013.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on August 29, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment. 

The maximum penalty upon conviction of the habitual offender offense is 5 years of imprisonment.  The maximum penalty upon conviction of the assault charge is 10 years of imprisonment.  All counts include a possible $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, an additional 2 years of supervised release upon revocation, and a mandatory $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered. 

The charges stem from several alleged assaults of an individual who, at the time of the assaults, was the spouse or intimate partner of Bobtail Bear.

The charges are merely accusations, and Bobtail Bear is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case. 

Bobtail Bear was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015