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McLaughlin Woman Sentenced on Assault Charge

June 5, 2013
Contact: Ace Crawford
605-343-2913 ext. 2101

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota woman appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes and pled guilty to a Superseding Information charging Simple Assault.

Cassie Yellow Earrings, age 21, was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation, and a $10 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Yellow Earrings was indicted by a federal grand jury in December of 2012. The conviction stems from an incident during the early morning hours of September 19, 2012 when the Defendant and others unlawfully entered a home in McLaughlin with the intention of confronting the victim about a prior argument. Upon entering the home, a fight ensued. The Defendant struck the victim in the back of the head with her fist.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Morley prosecuted the case.



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