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

Monday, March 9, 2015

Eagle Butte Man Sentenced For Assaulting A Federal Officer

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of assaulting a Cheyenne River Tribal Officer, was sentenced on March 4, 2015, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Lucas Curley, age 24, was sentenced to 5 months in custody, 3 months of home confinement, 1 year of supervised release, and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Curley was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 15, 2014, for Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding an Officer Involving Physical Contact. He pled guilty to Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding an Officer on December 8, 2014.

The conviction arose from a March 2014 incident at the Walter Miner Law Enforcement Center in Eagle Butte, in which Curley forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with a Cheyenne River Sioux Detention Officer, while that officer was employed under a contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and while the officer was engaged in the performance of his official duties.

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

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

Updated June 22, 2015