Pine Ridge Man Pleads Not Guilty to Stabbing
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for stabbing another man in the stomach at Pine Ridge on December 4, 2010.
Wendell Albert Yellow Bull, age 26, was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 17, 2011, for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on May 26, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; three years of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund. The charges are merely accusations, and Yellow Bull is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant United States Attorney Britt M. Haxton is prosecuting the case.
Yellow Bull was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has been set for August 2, 2011.
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