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Eagle Butte Man Charged With Assault

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, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Assault by Strangulation and Suffocation.

Ronnie Antelope, Sr., a/k/a Ronald Noisy Hawk, Sr., was indicted on May 17, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 19, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in 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 or about April 18, 2016, Antelope unlawfully assaulted his spouse, intimate partner and dating partner, and strangled her, resulting in serious bodily injury.

The charges are merely accusations and Antelope 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.   

Antelope was released to a third party pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated May 23, 2016

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