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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Little Eagle Man Sentenced For Child Abuse

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Little Eagle, South Dakota, man convicted of Child Abuse was sentenced on September 9, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.
         
Tyson J. Keepseagle, age 26, was sentenced to 10 months of imprisonment, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

Keepseagle was indicted by a federal grand jury in November of 2012.  He pled guilty to Count I of the Indictment on May 20, 2013.

The conviction stems from an incident on or around March 2, 2012, when Keepseagle was living with the victim’ s mother in Little Eagle.  The victim’s mother was cooking dinner while Keepseagle was downstairs with the children.  When the victim’s mother went downstairs, she saw Keepseagle holding down the victim with one hand covering her mouth and his other hand containing a fist full of the child’s hair.  The victim’s mother immediately leapt on Keepseagle to get him off the victim.  Keepseagle then pinned the victim’s mother on the ground and began punching her. 
         
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Morley prosecuted the case. 

Keepseagle was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015