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Friday, February 27, 2015

Fort Thompson Man Sentenced For Assault By Strangulation And Suffocation

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault by Strangulation and Suffocation was sentenced on February 23, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Jared Blaine, age 20, was sentenced to 27 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Blaine was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 16, 2014.  He pled guilty on December 15, 2014.

The conviction stems from an incident on or about August 12, 2014, following a party, when Blaine assaulted his girlfriend by slapping and hitting her in the face and body, kicking her, and then strangling the victim until she could not breathe.

The victim was treated at the hospital in Chamberlain, South Dakota, where she was admitted overnight for observation.  She suffered bruising and swelling to the face and body.

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

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

Updated June 22, 2015