United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Manderson, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on August 28, 2013, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, United States District Court.
Frank William Holy Rock, age 22, was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
On May 20, 2012, a group of young men were drinking and enjoying a bonfire in a pasture two miles from Manderson. In the early morning hours, another group of young men, including Holy Rock, approached the group at the bonfire, yelling obscenities and challenging them to a fight. A fight ensued between some members of the two groups, and Holy Rock hit another man with a stick and kicked him in the head repeatedly, causing a laceration to the head, which required stitches, and a fractured hand. Holy Rock pled guilty on March 28, 2013.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Sarah B. Collins prosecuted the case.