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

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Eagle Butte Man Convicted Of Assault

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Leon Donald Farlee, age 31, of Eagle Butte, South Dakota was convicted on February 22, 2013 of one count of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and one count of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. The guilty verdicts followed a four-day federal jury trial. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment.

Farlee was indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2012. The convictions were the result of an incident that occurred in Eagle Butte in March 2012, when the defendant assaulted a 62-year-old man from Dupree by kicking him with cowboy boots and causing serious bodily injury.

This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson.

Sentencing has been set for May 13, 2013. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

Updated June 22, 2015