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Pine Ridge Man Pleads Guilty to Assault

March 17, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Cole Brewer, age 19, of Pine Ridge, appeared before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken on March 17, 2011, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.

Brewer became angry at being woken from sleep by the brother of the victim who was fighting with his girlfriend in the house. The victim intervened on his brother’s behalf. Brewer hit the victim in the face with his fists and knees, rendering the victim unconscious. Brewer continued to assault the victim with his fists, shod feet, and a baseball bat, causing serious injuries.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for June 6, 2011. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

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