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Pine Ridge Man Convicted by Jury of Assaulting a Man

October 31, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced on Friday that on October 26, 2011, Wendell Yellow Bull was convicted by a jury in federal court on one count of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Yellow Bull, age 36, was indicted in May 2011 after an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Oglala Sioux Tribe-Department of Public Safety. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years’ imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. Johnson said the charge relates to an incident occurring on December 4, 2010, near Pine Ridge, when Yellow Bull stabbed a man after the two had an argument.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah B. Collins and Britt Haxton. A sentencing date has not yet been set.




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