United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Eli Henry Siers, age 33, of Wood, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on January 4, 2012. He pled guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The charge stems from an incident that took place on September 11, 2011, near Mission, South Dakota, when Siers confronted a man with whom he was feuding. Siers pursued the man, pointed a pistol at him, informed him that he was going to die, and also hit the man in the head with the pistol. The pistol was not fired.
The investigation was conducted by Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tim Maher.
A presentence investigation was ordered. Siers was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. Sentencing was set for March 26, 2012.