United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Little Eagle, South Dakota, man convicted of Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender was sentenced on June 9, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.
Theron Wade Makes Him First, age 26, was sentenced to 30 months of custody, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Makes Him First was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 10, 2013. He pled guilty on February 20, 2014.
The conviction stems from an incident on April 1, 2013, when a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officer was dispatched to a house in McLaughlin. As the officer arrived at the residence, Makes Him First was grabbing an adult female victim by the throat and shoving her up against the front door, holding her there, and telling her not to let the officer in. Makes Him First then dragged the victim into a bathroom and refused to let her go. At this point, another person in the house let the officer into the house and Makes Him First fled the bathroom to the basement. At the time of the assault, Makes Him First was on conditions with the Standing Rock Tribal Court and was not to be in contact with the victim.
Makes Him First has two prior judgments of conviction, in Standing Rock Tribal Court, for offenses that would have been, if subject to federal jurisdiction, an assault against a spouse or intimate partner.
This case was investigated by the BIA, Standing Rock Law Enforcement Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.
Makes Him First was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.