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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Eagle Butte Man Charged With Assault

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury forAssault with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, and Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to an Intimate Partner.

Julius Titus III, age 35, was indicted on December 9, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on December 11, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on June 26, 2014, at Eagle Butte, Titus unlawfully assaulted two victims. He is alleged to have assaulted the first victim with shod feet, a door, and a frying pan, causing serious bodily injury to that victim. On the same day, Titus assaulted the second victim, an intimate partner, and the assault resulted in substantial bodily injury to that victim as well.

The charges are merely accusations and Titus is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case.   

Titus was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015