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Fort Thompson Man Sentenced For Assault

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to an Intimate Partner and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on January 26, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Calvin Bagola, age 27, was sentenced to 55 months in custody on each count, with the sentences to be served concurrently.  Bagola also received 2 years of supervised release, and a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

 The first conviction stems from an incident on or about February 13, 2014, when Bagola, who had been an intimate dating relationship with the victim since September of 2013, began to assault her with a closed fist at his mother’s house.  Bagola also kicked the victim a couple of times.  The victim received medical treatment at the hospital in Chamberlain, where it was determined she had a mildly depressed medical orbital wall fracture and a non-displaced fracture involving the superolateral aspect of the right maxillary sinus.  Both of her eyes were swollen shut and she had bruising to her face and body.

Bagola’s second conviction stems from an incident on March 27, 2014, when law enforcement was called for an assault involving Bagola and the same victim from the first conviction.  Bagola began assaulting the victim when a second victim attempted to intervene and protect her.  Bagola assaulted the second victim with a closed fist, punching her several times and knocking her to the ground unconscious. She received medical treatment at the hospital in Chamberlain, where it was determined she had fractures of the mandible both anteriorly and involving the left ramus.  She was seen by a specialist in Sioux Falls and required surgery to repair, including her mouth being wired shut for several weeks.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

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

Updated June 22, 2015