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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Kyle Man Sentenced to 18 Years in Federal Prison for Murder

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Kyle, South Dakota, man convicted of Second-Degree Murder was sentenced on August 31, 2022, by Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Stetson Eagle Elk, age 29, was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

 Eagle Elk was indicted by a federal grand jury in January of 2022 and pleaded guilty on June 3, 2022.  The conviction stems from Eagle Elk, along with Gary Little Bull, shooting and killing Todd Little Bull in August 2016 in Kyle.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

Eagle Elk was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated September 8, 2022