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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Tampering with a Victim or Witness

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Tampering with a Victim or Witness was sentenced on June 6, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

William Willard Miner, age 57, was sentenced to a year and a day in custody, 18 months of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Miner was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 9, 2015.  He pled guilty on March 22, 2016.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on June 13, 2015, when Miner, who was at some friends’ house in the White Horse Community, drinking and socializing with them.  At some point, Miner and another friend went to Mobridge to get more alcohol.  When they returned, the victim was at the residence and Miner walked up to him and threatened him.  Miner is related to Sage Miner, who assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him several times in a separate federal matter.  Sage Miner was sentenced to one year and a day in custody.

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

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

Updated June 9, 2016

Violent Crime