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.
Kevin Yellow Earring, age 26, was indicted on March 15, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 16, 2017, 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 up to $300 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on February 11, 2017, Yellow Earring assaulted two adults, causing serious injuries to one of them.
The charges are merely accusations and Yellow Earring 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.
Yellow Earring was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.