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Fort Thompson Man Sentenced For Domestic Assault By A Habitual Offender

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 Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender was sentenced on November 3, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Gary Walking Bull, age 37, was sentenced to 30 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Walking Bull was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 22, 2014.  He pled guilty on July 14, 2014.
The conviction stems from an incident on March 21, 2014, when Walking Bull and the victim were at Walking Bull’s grandmother’s house in Fort Thompson.  While inside the house, Walking Bull assaulted the victim by punching her in the face and body.  She was treated at the Chamberlain hospital, where it was determined she had an orbital fracture and three fractures to her nose that would require surgery to repair.  At the time of this assault, Walking Bull had two prior convictions for Domestic Abuse in Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Court.
This case was investigated by Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

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

Updated June 22, 2015