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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Eagle Butte Man Charged with Assault

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Walter Hanson, Jr., age 31, was indicted on April 13, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 22, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $500,000 fine, 6 years of supervised release, and $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about January 13, 2016, Hanson unlawfully assaulted a human being and said assault resulted in serious bodily injury.

The charges are merely accusations and Hanson 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 Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.   

Hanson was released on bond pending trial, which has been set for June 21, 2016.

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Violent Crime
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Updated April 23, 2016