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

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lower Brule Man Sentenced For Assault With A Dangerous Weapon

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on August 5, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. 

Irvin Yazzie, age 24, was sentenced to 17 months of imprisonment, 18 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

Yazzie was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 13, 2013, and pled guilty to the above charge on April 30, 2013. 

The charge stems from an incident wherein Yazzie and his girlfriend, who were staying at a residence in Lower Brule, began arguing about their relationship.  During the course of the argument, Yazzie assaulted the victim by striking her with his fists and a black aluminum pole.  The victim suffered bruising as a result of the assault.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case. 

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

Updated June 22, 2015