United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Curtis G. Thompson, Jr., age 29, of Eagle Butte, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on March 14, 2012, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The conviction arose out of an October 14, 2011, incident in which Curtis G. Thompson, Jr. retrieved a tire iron from a vehicle and assaulted the victim, hitting him several times in the back and head with the tire iron.
The investigation was conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for June 5, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.