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Press Release

Fort Thompson Man Sentenced for Assault

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on April 1, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Rain Blaine, age 19, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison, 2 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Blaine was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 14, 2018.  He pled guilty on January 8, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on June 24, 2018, when Blaine became upset with an individual during a conversation and stabbed the victim in the abdomen.  Blaine then dropped the knife and began to physically assault the victim with his hands and feet.  The victim had to be airlifted to Sioux Falls, where he was treated for his injuries.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

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

Updated April 12, 2019