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Rapid City Man Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer

June 6, 2013
Contact: Ace Crawford
605-343-2913 ext. 2101

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding a Federal Law Enforcement Officer was sentenced on June 3, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Sidney Lightning Fire, age 30, was sentenced to 13 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Lightning Fire was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 16, 2012, and pled guilty to Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding a Federal Officer on March 13, 2013. The conviction stems from Lightning Fire’s resisting arrest and the assault of two Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Officers in July of 2012.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson.

Lightning Fire was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence.



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