U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Jameson Ziegler, age 27, of Ft. Thompson, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on October 25, 2011, and pled guilty to a superseding information that charged him with two counts of Assault by Striking, Beating and Wounding. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 6 months' imprisonment on each count.
The charges stem from an incident of domestic violence in Ft. Thompson on May 25, 2011, when the defendant and the victim, who were in a romantic relationship, had gone to Chamberlain together for dinner. They returned to Fort Thompson and sat by the river and drank alcoholic drinks together for a couple of hours.
After returning to Ft. Thompson, they got into a verbal argument that escalated into a physical altercation. The Defendant began to physically assault the victim, both inside and outside of the home. The Defendant struck the victim with a closed fist multiple times on her head and body. The victim was taken to the hospital in Chamberlain.
Medical records show the victim suffered multiple bruises and a fracture to the orbital wall of her left eye. The victim suffered from pain, headaches, and had blurry vision in her left eye.
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 sentencing date was set for November 2, 2011. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.