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Fort Thompson Man Sentenced for Domestic Assault by an Habitual Offender

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

United States Attorney Dennis Holmes announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Domestic Assault by an Habitual Offender was sentenced on February 14, 2022, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Richard Coleman, Jr., age 34, was sentenced to sixteen months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Coleman was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 14, 2020.  He pled guilty on November 2, 2021.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on July 22, 2020, in Fort Thompson, in which Coleman threw a can at his significant other, striking her in the chest.  At the time of the domestic assault, Coleman had at least two prior convictions for offenses that would have been, if subject to federal jurisdiction, an assault against a spouse or intimate partner.

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

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

Updated February 17, 2022

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime