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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Assaulting an Intimate Partner

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

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to an Intimate Partner was sentenced on March 14, 2022, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Walter Hanson, Jr., age 37, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Hanson was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 8, 2021.  He pled guilty on December 2, 2021.

The conviction stems from an incident on September 10, 2020, in Cherry Creek, South Dakota, when Hanson accused his intimate partner of losing his EBT card and assaulted her causing serious bodily.  Hanson got out of the car they were in, drug the female out of the vehicle, and shoved her to the ground.  He then punched her, pulled her hair, kicked her in the stomach and chest area, and stomped on her left shoulder, breaking her left clavicle.  After the assault ended, Hanson found the EBT card in his own jacket pocket.  Hanson was classified as a Career Offender based upon a 2005 conviction for Voluntary Manslaughter and a conviction in 2016 for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.     

This case was investigated by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

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

Updated March 14, 2022

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime