Ft. Thompson Man Pleads Guilty to Assault Charge
Assistant United States Attorney
U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Phillip St. John, age 32, of Ft. Thompson, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on July 6, 2011, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with Assault With a Dangerous Weapon. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years' imprisonment.
The charge stems from an incident at the defendant's mother's house in Stephan, South Dakota. An argument began between St. John and the victim which escalated to a physical altercation whereby St. John hit the victim twice in the face with a closed fist, knocking the victim to the ground. At that point St. John began kicking the victim in the head and chest area. When the victim tried blocking the kicks, St. John put his foot on the victim's throat and continued to press down. The assault occurred in April 2011.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for September 26, 2011. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.