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

Friday, June 7, 2013

Two Men From Kenel Charged With Assault

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that two Kenel, South Dakota men have been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Conrad C. Little Bear, age 53, and Lavell M. Little Bear, age 57, were indicted by a federal grand jury on May 15, 2013 for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. They appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on June 6, 2013 and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty on each count upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; an additional 2 years of supervised release upon revocation; and a mandatory $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges are merely accusations, and the Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency and Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.

Both Defendants were released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015