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Pine Ridge Man Indicted for Assault

January 3, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly assaulting another man with a wooden stick on August 19, 2011, at Pine Ridge.

Marvin Little Hawk, age 41, was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 20, 2011, for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. Little Hawk appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on December 29, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years' imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. The charge is merely an accusation, and Little Hawk is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Office of Justice Services and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Collins is prosecuting the case. Little Hawk was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.




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