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District of South Dakota

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on July 6, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Kola Eagle Hunter, age 30, was sentenced to 30 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Eagle Hunter was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 13, 2014, for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. He pled guilty to the Indictment on April 8, 2015.

The conviction arose from a July 20, 2013, incident in Eagle Butte, when Eagle Hunter drove by the victim’s house and yelled at him. Eagle Hunter was angry with the victim because he believed the victim had broken out the windows in Eagle Hunter’s father’s car several weeks earlier. Later that same day, Eagle Hunter took a club, and ran up to the victim’s front porch. The victim was smoking a cigarette on his front porch when Eagle Hunter struck him in the head with a club. The victim suffered a 5 to 6 inch laceration on his head, which required 16 staples to close.

This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison Ramsdell prosecuted the case.

Eagle Hunter was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence.

Updated July 9, 2015