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Eagle Butte Man Pleads Guilty to Retaliating Against a Witness

July 5, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Allan Kermit Chasing Hawk, age 47, of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on July 3, 2012, and pled guilty to Retaliating Against a Witness. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on October 21, 2011, when Chasing Hawk called the victim and threatened her for providing truthful information to law enforcement which lead to the conviction of Chasing Hawk's cousin.

The investigation was conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for September 24, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.



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