United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Little Eagle, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on September 9, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.
Ira Weasel, age 32, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day of imprisonment, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Weasel was indicted for the above charge by a federal grand jury on March 13, 2013. He pled guilty on May 20, 2013.
The charge stems from an incident occurring on December 24, 2012, in which Weasel was socializing at his sister’s house along with the victim. At some point during the evening, Weasel and the victim got into a verbal altercation. Weasel pushed and pinned the victim against the wall, placed his hands around the victim’s neck and lifted her off her feet. Others attempted to free the victim from Weasel’s grasp, but he fought them off and continued to strangle the victim who eventually lost consciousness. At that point, Weasel released her, causing her to fall face first on the floor. The victim then began to convulse and remained unconscious for several minutes. Once she regained consciousness, she left and notified the authorities.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.
Weasel was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.