United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for using a vacuum cleaner to assault a female at Eagle Butte on April 16, 2011.
Marques High Elk, age 31, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 22, 2011, for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 5, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; three years of supervised release; and a $100 Special Assessment. Restitution may also be ordered. The charges are merely accusations, and High Elk is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. High Elk was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.