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

Monday, May 6, 2013

Wanblee Man Sentenced On Assault Charge

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wanblee man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on May 6, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.  Jeffrey M. Chips, a/k/a Jeffrey M. Chipps, age 23, was sentenced to 36 months of imprisonment, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

Chipps was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2012.  He pled guilty to Count II of the Indictment on February 12, 2013.  The conviction stems from an incident on May 4, 2012, when Chipps was riding in a car in Mission, South Dakota, and came upon two women walking along the road.  The car came to a stop, and two occupants of the vehicle exited and confronted the victim.  A fight ensued, and Chipps then exited the vehicle and joined in the assault.  Chipps struck the victim and fractured her jaw, among other injuries.   

This case was investigated by Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Morley prosecuted the case.

Chipps was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.

Updated June 22, 2015