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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced For Sexual Assault And Sexual Abuse Charges

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 one count of Sexual Assault of a Minor and one count of Sexual Abuse of a Person Incapable of Consenting, was sentenced on March 18, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Patrick Brown Thunder, age 31, was sentenced to 240 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release, and a $200 Special Assessment that goes to the Victim Assistance Fund.

The convictions were the result of two different incidents—one that occurred in April 2006 and the other in March of 2008—near Dupree, South Dakota. Both incidents involved Brown Thunder sexually assaulting young females under the age of 16.

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

Brown Thunder was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal to begin serving his sentence.

Updated June 22, 2015