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Eagle Bute Man Sentenced for Assault by Striking, Beating, or Wounding

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis Holmes announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault by Striking, Beating, or Wounding was sentenced on July 19, 2021, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Gordon Blue Arm Sr., age 66, was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison, with no supervised release to follow, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $25.

Blue Arm was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 11, 2020.  He pled guilty on July 19, 2021. 

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on February 27, 2020, in Eagle Butte.  The Defendant assaulted a man by striking the man multiple times in the face and arm with a walking stick, causing fractures to his face, jaw, and lower arm. 

This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

Blue Arm was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated July 22, 2021

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime