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Pine Ridge Man Charged with Assault

February 14, 2013
Contact: Ace Crawford
605-343-2913 ext. 2101

          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 his elderly mother at Pine Ridge on August 8, 2010.

Reginald Charles Big Crow, age 52, was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 21, 2010 for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.  Big Crow appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on February 4, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment.  The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.  The charge is merely an accusation and Big Crow 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.  Big Crow was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.  A trial date has been set for April 9, 2013.
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