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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced on Assault Charges

April 13, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte man appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 12, 2012, and pled guilty to an Information charging two counts of Simple Assault. Merle Whitney Marrowbone, Jr., was sentenced on the same date to 6 months’ custody on each count to run consecutively for a total of 12 months’ custody.

Marrowbone was originally indicted by a federal grand jury on February 14, 2012. The conviction stems from two separate incidents on October 4, 2011, when Marrowbone made contact with two individuals, pulled out a knife, and swung the knife at each individual.

This case was investigated by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Law Enforcement Services. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Seiler prosecuted the case.

Marrowbone was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.




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