United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that three Wanblee, South Dakota, men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly using a blunt object and their shod feet to assault two other men on October 15, 2012, in Wanblee. Both of the assaults resulted in serious bodily injury to the victims.
Robert Quiver Jr., age 21, Levi Quiver, age 27, and Vern Standing Soldier Jr., age 30, were indicted by a federal grand jury on August 27, 2013. Robert Quiver and Levi Quiver were indicted for two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and two counts of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. Standing Solder was indicted for one count of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and one count of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.
Robert Quiver appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy, on August 29, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment. Levi Quiver and Standing Soldier appeared before Judge Duffy on September 12, 2013, and each pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for each charge. The charges are merely accusations and each defendant 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.
All three men were remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A trial date has been set for November 19, 2013.