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Eagle Butte Man Charged with Assault of a Dating Partner by Strangulation and Suffocation

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 of a Dating Partner by Strangulation and Suffocation.

Nathan Smith, age 41, was indicted on April 12, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 12, 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 $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on April 6, 2017, Smith unlawfully assaulted his dating partner by strangling and suffocating her during an argument.

The charge is merely an accusation and Smith is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.

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

Updated April 14, 2017

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime