United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Cody Yellow, age 23, of Eagle Butte, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on August 3, 2011, and pled guilty to a Superseding Information that charged him with Assault by Striking, Beating and Wounding. The maximum penalty upon conviction is six months in custody, a $5,000 fine, or both.
The charge stems from a March 19, 2011, assault by Yellow on his ex-girlfriend near his residence in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Yellow unlawfully assaulted his ex-girlfriend by striking, beating, and wounding her.
The investigation was conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for September 29, 2011. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.