United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Michael Anthony Charging Elk, age 21, of Rosebud, South Dakota, appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Roberto A. Lange on February 15, 2012, and pled guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. 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 October 13, 2010, when an altercation ensued between Charging Elk and the victim while in the Sicangu Village Estates. Charging Elk hit and kicked the victim who was later hospitalized but recovered.
The investigation is being conducted by Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Special Assistant United States Attorney Matt Rappold is prosecuting the case.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for May 1, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.