United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Little Eagle, South Dakota, man convicted of Domestic Assault by an Habitual Offender was sentenced on August 4, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.
Gary Little Bird, Jr., age 35, was sentenced to 30 months of custody, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Little Bird was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 11, 2014. He pled guilty to the Indictment on May 19, 2014.
The conviction stems from an incident on February 13, 2014, when Little Bird called the Bureau of Indian Affairs to let them know he had assaulted his girlfriend. An officer was dispatched to their home, where she noticed swelling and cuts to the victim’s lips, as well as dried blood around her nose and mouth. At the time of this incident, Little Bird had four prior convictions in Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court, which would have been, if subject to federal jurisdiction, assaults against a spouse or intimate partner.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.
Little Bird was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.