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Bullhead Man Sentenced for Assault

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Bullhead, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to an Intimate Partner was sentenced on May 18, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Mario Crow Ghost, age 49, was sentenced to 92 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200.

Crow Ghost was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 13, 2019.  He pled guilty on December 4, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on June 3, 2019, when Crow Ghost had been drinking and assaulted two individuals with a sharp object.  The first victim was punctured in the neck with the sharp object, and the second victim received injuries to the back of her leg.  Both victims received medical attention for their injuries.  

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirsten Jasper prosecuted the case.

Crow Ghost was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated May 19, 2020

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime