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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fort Thompson Man Sentenced For Assault

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of two counts of Domestic Assault by an Habitual Offender, and one count of Simple Assault, was sentenced on December 22, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.  He was found guilty by a federal jury in Pierre on October 10, 2014.

Santana Drapeau, age 22, was sentenced to 41 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, $954 in restitution, and a $210 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stemmed from incidents occurring on May 18, 2014, in which Drapeau assaulted his spouse and intimate partner at two different locations, by hitting the victim in the face at a bonfire and physically assaulting her at a residence.  Drapeau committed these two assaults at a time when he had three final convictions in Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Court for domestic violence against the same victim. 

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

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

Updated June 22, 2015