Jury Finds Eagle Butte Man Guilty of Assault
United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Jared Bourland, age 38, of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, was found guilty of Assault by Striking, Beating, or Wounding, and Simple Assault as a result of a federal jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota.
The charge of Assault by Striking, Beating, or Wounding carries a maximum penalty of 1 year in federal prison and/or a $100,000.00 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $25.00 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. The Simple Assault charge carries a maximum penalty of 6 months in federal prison and/or a $5,000.00 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $10.00 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Bourland was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 14, 2017. The charges stemmed from an incident on December 28, 2016, when law enforcement was doing a welfare check at the Bourland residence, based on a call from Bourland’s mother-in-law. When law enforcement arrived, the victim was upset and crying. The victim told law enforcement that Bourland would not let her leave and when asked if she wanted to leave, the victim stated yes, collected her items, and left the residence. Later that night, the victim later disclosed that she had been strangled, kicked, and punched by Bourland. She was transported to the Indian Health Services where she was treated for her injuries.
This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.
A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date has not been set. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.