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Lake Andes Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Federal Prison for Assault on Child

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons, announced that a Lake Andes, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on July 9, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Jerrad Dean Clairmont, age 20, was sentenced to 37 months in custody, followed by two years of supervised release after serving his prison sentence.  He was also ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Clairmont served an additional three months in tribal custody.

According to court documents, on or about the 5th day of April 2017, at Wagner, in Charles Mix County, South Dakota, Clairmont unlawfully assaulted a child who had not attained the age of 18 years, and said assault resulted in life-threatening or permanent bodily injury.

During the assault, Clairmont shook the victim.  The victim, approximately four months old at the time of the assault, suffered severe head, brain, and eye trauma, and he was placed on life support.  Because of the victim’s age and small size, the victim was vulnerable during the assault and defendant knew of the victim’s physical attributes.

The investigation was conducted by the Yankton Sioux Tribe’s Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.

Clairmont, who was in custody during the pendency of the court proceedings, was immediately returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service. 

Updated July 14, 2018