Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Assault
605-343-2913 ext. 2101
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on February 25, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Mahlon Jeffries, age 26, was sentenced to 48 months in custody, followed by 2 years of supervised release. Jeffries is also to pay $100 to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Jeffries was indicted for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury by a federal grand jury on September 19, 2012. Jeffries pled guilty to Count II of the Indictment. The charge stems from an incident occurring on December 25, 2011, during which Jeffries assaulted his brother by striking him on the head with a wood and metal yard tool. His brother suffered a left parietal, open, depressed skull fracture and subarachnoid hemorrhage which required emergency surgery to remove bone fragments from his brain.
The investigation was conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.
Jeffries was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.