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Little Eagle Man Indicted for Assault and Firearm Charges

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

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Little Eagle, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with Intent to Commit Murder, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, and Discharge of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence.

Raul Tomas Mata, age 21, was indicted on July 11, 2022. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 21, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, five years of supervised release, and $400 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on April 29, 2022, in Little Eagle, Mata fired a gun towards several residences with intent to commit murder. A minor was struck and seriously injured by one of the bullets fired by Mata.

The charges are merely accusations and Mata is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Justice Services, Standing Rock Agency, the FBI, the Corson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.

Mata was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated July 22, 2022

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Firearms Offenses