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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Eagle Butte Man Sentenced For Assaulting, Resisting And Impeding A Federal Officer

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting a Federal Officer was sentenced on August 12, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

William Pay Pay, age 52, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day of custody, 18 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Pay Pay was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 12, 2014, and pled guilty on May 29, 2014, to Assaulting, Resisting and Impeding a Federal Officer.

The conviction arose from a December 2013 incident when Pay Pay forcibly resisted arrest by a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Police Officer, resulting in physical contact with the officer.  The physical contact occurred while the officer was employed by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Police Department, under contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 

The investigation was conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson.

Pay Pay was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence.

Updated June 22, 2015