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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced For Assault With A Dangerous Weapon And Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on April 14, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Francis Thompson, a/k/a Sonny Thompson, age 26, was sentenced to 48 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, $163.20 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Thompson was indicted by a federal grand jury on two separate cases.  In the first case he was for indicted for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, and the second case for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.  On January 22, 2014, Thompson pled guilty to both charges.
The first case occurred in September 2013 when Thompson became angry at the victim and without just cause or excuse, swung and punched the victim with his fist on the left side of the victim’s face. As a result of the unlawful assault, the victim required surgery to repair some of the facial fractures.
In the second case, Thompson got into an altercation with the victim. He chased the victim out of an apartment and when Thompson caught up to the victim, he hit him in the back of the head with a small child’s wooden chair, causing the victim to fall to the ground. Thompson then struck the victim several more times with the chair while the victim was on the ground.      
This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted the case.
Thompson was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015