United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, woman charged with Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on October 4, 2011, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Jacqueline White Buffalo Chief, age 40, was sentenced to 1 month in custody, 2 years of supervised release, a $5,000 fine, $1,575 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
White Buffalo Chief was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 10, 2011. The charge relates to a disturbance that occurred on January 9, 2011, when the victim was at White Buffalo Chief’s residence. The victim, who has an amputated leg and arm, dates White Buffalo Chief’s son. At some point, White Buffalo Chief and the victim started arguing. White Buffalo Chief became angry and cocked her fist to strike the victim. White Buffalo Chief jumped on the victim and also grabbed her leg and pushed it back, exerting pressure on the victim’s torso, breaking her clavicle in the process. White Buffalo Chief pled guilty to the charge on July 19, 2011.
This case was investigated by Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant United States Attorney Tim Maher prosecuted the case.
White Buffalo Chief is to self-report to the United States Marshal on October 11, 2011, to begin serving her sentence.