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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Assault Charges

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 convicted of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Harm was sentenced on November 6, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Kevin Yellow Earring, age 27, was sentenced to two terms of 60 months in prison, to be served concurrently, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200.

Yellow Earring was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2017.  He pled guilty on August 15, 2017.

The conviction stems from two separate incidents that occurred in 2017.  On January 19, 2017, Yellow Earring assaulted a woman with a pocketknife at a house in Eagle Butte. The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment.

On February 11, 2017, Yellow Earring assaulted another woman, at an apartment in Eagle Butte, by hitting and kicking her with his shoes on.  The assault resulted in two fractured ribs.  The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment.

These cases were investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the cases.

Yellow Earring was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated November 9, 2017

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime