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Friday, July 29, 2016

Eagle Butte Man Charged with Assaulting Spouse

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 Substantial Injury to an Intimate Partner.

Dion Blue Earth, Sr., age 30, was indicted on July 19, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 26, 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 December 20, 2015, Blue Earth unlawfully assaulted his spouse with shod feet, resulting in serious bodily injury.

The charges are merely an accusation and Blue Earth 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.   

Blue Earth was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated July 29, 2016