U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule man charged with Domestic Assault by an Habitual Offender was sentenced on November 28, 2011, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Charles Allen Grey Owl a/k/a Raymond Keith Grey Owl, age 43, was sentenced to 84 months in custody and 3 years of supervised release.
Grey Owl was indicted by a federal grand jury in July 2011. In September 2011, he pled guilty to one count of the indictment.
The conviction stems from the domestic assault upon the victim who was 21 weeks pregnant. The Defendant and the victim began to argue, the argument got heated, and the defendant hit the victim in the face with a closed fist several times causing her mouth to bleed. The argument and assault continued, and the Defendant struck the victim several more times in the face and body. As a result of the assault, she suffered substantial bodily injury including multiple contusions, a black eye that swelled shut, a swollen lip and small laceration to her lip, and pain.
At the time of the domestic assault, the defendant had final convictions on at least two prior occasions in State of South Dakota court proceedings for Domestic Violence-Simple Assault and Domestic Violence -Simple Assault 3rd Offense.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.
Grey Owl was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal to begin serving his sentence.