United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Stewart Bobtail Bear, Sr., age 41, of Blackfoot, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann on August 2, 2013, and pled guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and an additional 2 years of supervised release upon revocation. Restitution and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund may also be ordered.
The conviction stems from an incident on or about March 24, 2011, when the Defendant and victim were both present at a gathering in Little Eagle. During the evening, various arguments began among individuals, including the Defendant and the victim. The victim decided to leave and was attacked from behind by the Defendant. As a result of the attack, the victim’s nose was shattered and he required surgery. The victim also sustained a permanent blind spot in his left eye.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.
Bobtail Bear was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing, which has been set for October 21, 2013.