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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wounded Knee Man Sentenced For Assaulting A Woman With A Bat

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wounded Knee, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on November 15, 2013, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court. 
         
Lyle Sutton, Jr., age 27, was sentenced to 36 months of imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release, a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and restitution.
         
Sutton was indicted for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury by a federal grand jury on February 20, 2013.  The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred at Wounded Knee on December 28, 2012.  Sutton struck a woman with a wooden bat, causing nasal and cheek fractures and severe bruising to her back.  Sutton pled guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon on May 3, 2013.
         
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Venhuizen prosecuted the case.
         
Sutton was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015