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District of South Dakota

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Jury Finds Rosebud Man Guilty of Domestic Assault by an Habitual Offender

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that Adam Bordeaux, age 32, of Rosebud, South Dakota, was found guilty of Domestic Assault by an Habitual Offender and Simple Assault following a two-day jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota.  The verdict was returned on July 13, 2016.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  

Bordeaux was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 8, 2015.  The charges stem from an incident that occurred on November 17, 2015, wherein Bordeaux assaulted his girlfriend at their home in Rosebud.  Bordeaux and the victim got into an argument in their bedroom and Bordeaux pushed the victim onto the bed.  He then got on top of her, pulled her hair, pushed her face into the blanket, and tried to bite her on the back of her head.  The victim was eventually able to push Bordeaux off of her and she fled the house.  She called the police from a nearby convenience store. 

Bordeaux was subsequently questioned by a Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Officer and he claimed the victim attacked him and bit him on the forearm while he was defending himself.  The bite mark he showed the officer was inconsistent with Bordeaux’s description of the incident, however, and Bordeaux was arrested.

The crime of Domestic Assault by an Habitual Offender requires proof that the Defendant had at least two prior convictions for domestic assault.  At the time of this incident, Bordeaux had three prior convictions in Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court for Domestic Abuse.  He also had a prior conviction in federal court for Domestic Assault by an Habitual Offender, and was on federal supervised release when he committed the assault on November 17, 2015. 

Bordeaux was acquitted of other assault charges, including charges that stemmed from an incident that occurred in January 2015 involving the same victim. 

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for September 26, 2016. 

Bordeaux was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing.

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Violent Crime
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Updated July 15, 2016