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Okreek Man Sentenced for Assault

January 9, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Okreek, South Dakota, man charged with Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on January 9, 2012, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Adam Joe Hedrick, a/k/a Wah-T Bear Shield, age 33, was sentenced to 30 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.

Hedrick was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 10, 2011, and pled guilty to the charge on October 20, 2011. At a drinking gathering on February 26, 2010, in Todd County, Adam Joe Hedrick, a/k/a Wah-T Bear Shield, grabbed the victim’s arm and pushed it against a heating element on a stove, causing her arm to burn in a circular burn pattern. The victim experienced extreme physical pain and serious bodily injury. Her arm later became swollen and infected from the burn. The outline of the burn mark remained visible after the assault.

This case was investigated by Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant United States Attorney Tim Maher prosecuted the case.

Hedrick was immediately turned over to the custody of the United States Marshal.




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