U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Ft. Thompson man charged with two counts of Striking, Beating and Wounding, was sentenced on November 2, 2011, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Jameson R. Ziegler, age 27, was sentenced to 6 months custody on Count I and 6 months custody on Count II to run consecutively.
Ziegler was originally indicted for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury in July of 2011. He pled guilty to a Superseding Information in October 2011.
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, drank alcoholic drinks together for a couple of hours and then got into a verbal argument that escalated into a physical altercation. The Defendant physically assaulted 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.
Medical records indicated 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 for two weeks following the assault.
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.
Ziegler was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal to begin serving his sentence.