States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault by Striking, Beating and Wounding and Simple Assault was sentenced on February 4, 2014, by U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes.
Conrad Little Bear, age 54, was sentenced to 60 days of custody on each count to be served concurrently, and a $20 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Little Bear was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 15, 2013. He pled guilty on January 7, 2014.
The conviction stems from an incident on October 18, 2012, when Little Bear was informed by his brother that someone had broken into his house. When he arrived at his home, the victim was asleep on a couch in his living room. Little Bear then proceeded to tie up the victim, awaiting the arrival of law enforcement. While waiting for law enforcement to arrive, Little Bear became irate about the situation and proceeded to strike the victim about the head and body, causing injury. When law enforcement arrived, they found the victim bound and tied with a thick rope. The victim was bleeding from the right ear, right eyebrow, and mouth.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.
Little Bear is to self-report to the U.S. Marshals Service on February 25, 2014.