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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Eagle Butte Man Charged with Three Counts of Assaulting an Intimate Partner

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, Assault by Strangulation, and Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to an Intimate Partner.

Darrell Clown, age 48, was indicted on April 13, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 10, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 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 December 10, 2015, Clown unlawfully assaulted his spouse with a broomstick and strangled her, resulting in substantial bodily injury. 

The charges are merely accusations and Clown 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.   

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

Violent Crime
Updated May 11, 2016