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District of South Dakota

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Little Eagle Man Sentenced For Domestic Assault By A Habitual Offender

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Little Eagle, South Dakota, man  convicted of Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender was sentenced on December 30, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Chat Moses Bobtail Bear, Sr., a/k/a Chate Moses Bobtail Bear, Sr., age 35, was sentenced to 28 months in custody, 3 years of Supervised Release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Bobtail Bear was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 21, 2013. He pled guilty on October 7, 2013.

On August 6, 2013, a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer was dispatched to Little Eagle in reference to an unknown person lying in the road.  Upon arrival, the officer observed a female sitting on the ground with a male and two children standing near her.  The officer noticed several abrasions and lacerations to the female’s face.  The victim informed the officer that she awoke that morning to Bobtail Bear stomping on her face.  He continued to assault her by punching and kicking her about the head and face.  She ran out of the house and made it as far as the street before Bobtail Bear caught up to her and continued to assault her.  As a result of the assault, the victim suffered numerous abrasions and lacerations about her face and head, severely swollen lips, a broken nose and a broken hand. 

Bobtail Bear has two prior judgments of conviction for domestic abuse of a spouse or intimate partner.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.
Bobtail Bear was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015