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

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Little Eagle Man Pleads Guilty To Assault Charge

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Ace Makes Him First, age 38, of Little Eagle, South Dakota appeared before U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann on April 23, 2013 and pled guilty to Count II of the Indictment that charged Domestic Assault By A Habitual Offender. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both, and a period of supervised release of 3 years.

The conviction stems from an incident in December of 2011 when the Defendant and the victim, who were involved in a domestic relationship, got into an altercation where the Defendant struck the victim about the head and face causing her lip to become swollen and split. The Defendant had been found guilty on two or more separate occasions for offenses that would have been, if subject to federal jurisdiction, an assault against a spouse and intimate partner in Standing Rock Tribal Court. All of the offenses occurred against the same victim.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Morley.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for July 22, 2013. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

Updated June 22, 2015