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

Friday, May 23, 2014

Parmelee Man Charged With Assault

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Matthew Horned Eagle, age 24, was indicted on May 13, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 21, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about April 7, 2014, Horned Eagle assaulted two victims with a dangerous weapon, that is, a sword, and the assault resulted in serious bodily injury to both victims.

The charge is merely an accusation and Horned Eagle is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers is prosecuting the case.   

Horned Eagle was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015