United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man charged with two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on December 12, 2011, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Lester R. Metcalf, age 29, was sentenced to 120 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund for the first count and 70 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for the second count. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Metcalf was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 10, 2010. On June 10, 2010, Metcalf was at a drinking party in Eagle Butte, when he jumped off the couch and began hitting an individual, knocking him to the floor. Metcalf hit and kicked that individual with shod feet, inflicting serious injury to his ear. When a second individual attempted to render aid to the first person, Metcalf hit her and kicked her with shod feet.
On October 9, 2010, Metcalf approached two other individuals from behind. Metcalf tapped one of them on the shoulder and pushed her to the ground. Metcalf then pushed the other person to the ground and hit him with a small iron bar. Metcalf struck the female on the head with the small iron bar and punched her in the face when she attempted to come to the man's aid.
The investigation was conducted by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers.
Metcalf was immediately turned over to the custody of the United States Marshal.