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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

St. Francis Man Sentenced On Assault Charge

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on September 16, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Orson Black Spotted Horse, age 50, was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment, 18 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

Black Spotted Horse was indicted on two counts by a federal grand jury in February of 2013.  He pled guilty to Count I of the Indictment, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, on June 25, 2013. 

The conviction stems from an incident on September 3, 2012, when the Defendant got into an argument with the victim.  Black Spotted Horse took a metal pipe and hit the victim in the head, and the victim sustained a head injury.
The investigation was conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher prosecuted the case. 

Black Spotted Horse was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015