United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury was sentenced on December 19, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Darrell Clown, age 49, was sentenced to 37 months in custody, 2 years of Supervised Release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.
Clown was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 13, 2016. He pled guilty on September 27, 2016.
The conviction stemmed from an incident on December 10, 2015, when Clown and his intimate partner, who had just reconciled in late November of 2015, argued because the Defendant was jealous and was also upset about a job offer she had received that he did not agree with. Clown began drinking, became more irate, and started punching the victim in the face with his fist. He also hit her in the arms and legs with a broomstick. Clown then pinned the victim down on the floor and punched her in the face. He then began to choke her, rendering her unconscious.
This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.
Clown was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.