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Eagle Butte Woman Sentenced for Assault

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on June 11, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Lynsi Bad Warrior, age 34, was sentenced to 34 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Bad Warrior was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 18, 2017.  She pled guilty on March 19, 2018.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on April 7, 2017, when Bad Warrior was drinking.  Bad Warrior heard that a certain individual was at the tree line behind the Lakota Thrifty Mart in Eagle Butte.  Bad Warrior caught a ride to the tree line to look for that individual.  When Bad Warrior found the individual, she assaulted them.  Bad Warrior punched the victim approximately 16 times, and also kicked and stomped on their head and throughout their body approximately 14 times, while the victim laid on the ground defenseless.  Bad Warrior was wearing shoes at the time.  A video was made of the assault and posted on You Tube.  Law enforcement was called and two officers from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services responded.  When they arrived on scene, they found the victim laying on the ground unconscious, and an ambulance was requested.  The victim began having seizures prior to the ambulance arriving.  The victim was transported by ambulance to the Indian Health Services Emergency Room.    

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

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

Updated June 13, 2018

Indian Country Law and Justice
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