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

Friday, June 28, 2013

St. Francis Man Charged With Assault With A Dangerous Weapon

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Orson Black Spotted Horse, age 49, of St. Francis, South Dakota appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on June 25, 2013 and pled guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on September 3, 2012, when Black Spotted Horse hit the victim in the head with a metal pipe.

The investigation was conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for September 16, 2013. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

Updated June 22, 2015