United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Warren Barondeaux, age 41, of Eagle Butte, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on September 27, 2011, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The conviction was the result of an incident that occurred on March 25, 2011, at Barondeaux's house in Eagle Butte. At that time and place, Barondeaux and his girlfriend got into an altercation. Another woman attempted to intervene in the altercation on behalf of Barondeaux's girlfriend. Barondeaux got upset at the intervention and picked up a screwdriver and unlawfully assaulted the good Samaritan intervener with a screwdriver. As a result of the unlawful assault, the victim received a puncture wound to her face and lacerations to the back of her head.
The investigation was conducted by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for December 19, 2011. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.