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District of South Dakota

Friday, April 24, 2015

Eagle Butte Woman Sentenced For Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury

Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on April 20, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Kenna Marie Bridwell, age 28, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in custody, 18 months of supervised release, $58.08 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Bridwell was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 15, 2014, for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. On April 28, 2014, she pled guilty to the Indictment.

The conviction arose from an incident that occurred on November 16, 2013, near Eagle Butte, when Bridwell, who was intoxicated, used her vehicle to run from a Cheyenne River Sioux Police Officer. After the police officer activated his lights and siren, Bridwell traveled west on Highway 212 at a high rate of speed and, while attempting to avoid arrest, drove her vehicle into the back of another vehicle.  Both vehicles rolled and went into the ditch. As a result of the car crash and assault, the victim, who was a passenger in the vehicle Bridwell ran into, was seriously injured.

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

Bridwell was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving her sentence.

Updated June 22, 2015