United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man charged with Assault by Striking, Beating or Wounding and Simple Assault was sentenced on February 1, 2012, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Reno Running Enemy, age 28, was sentenced to 24 months' probation for each count to be served concurrently and a $20 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Running Enemy was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 19, 2011, and pled guilty to the charge on December 8, 2011.
The conviction stems from an incident on July 5, 2011, at approximately 2 a.m., when Running Enemy was chasing the victim with a broken pool cue. Running Enemy threatened to cut the victim with the pool cue but was unable to catch him. A short time later, Running Enemy again chased the victim while carrying a knife. The victim slipped and fell to the ground while trying to escape. While the victim was on the ground, Running Enemy jumped on top of the victim and assaulted him.
The investigation was conducted by Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tim Maher.