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Eagle Butte Female Sentenced for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, female convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on November 27, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Brianna High Elk, age 24, was sentenced to 24 months in custody, followed by 2 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.00.

High Elk was indicted by a federal grand jury on June14, 2017.  She pled guilty on September 11, 2017.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on April 16, 2017, when High Elk assaulted another female.  The victim suffered a fracture through the left lamina papyracea (part of the eye socket), a fractured nasal bone, and a small minimally displaced fracture through the left inferior orbital rim.

This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Dewey County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

High Elk was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated December 8, 2017

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime