United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte man charged with Misprision of a Felony was sentenced on September 6, 2011, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Oscar Lance Whiteman, age 23, was sentenced to 13 months in custody, one year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Whiteman was indicted for Accessory After The Fact by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2011. The charge relates to Whiteman’s failure to report the crime of assault with a dangerous weapon when Ronald Parker shot a man at the South Main Apartment Complex in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, on March 19, 2011. Specifically, Oscar Whiteman pled guilty to having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, that is, an Assault With A Dangerous Weapon, regarding the unlawful assault by Ronald Richard Parker, Jr., with a revolver, and concealed the same from tribal and federal law enforcement officers.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted the case.
Whiteman was immediately turned over to the custody of the United States Marshal, to begin serving his sentence.