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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Little Eagle Man Sentenced For Two Charges Of 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 July 28, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.  

Anthony Bobtail Bear, Jr., age 34, was sentenced to 60 months of custody and 3 years of supervised release for a December 2013 incident.  Bobtail Bear also received 77 months of custody and 3 years of supervised release for a February 2014 incident.  The sentences and supervised releases are to be served concurrently.  Bobtail Bear is also to pay $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Bobtail Bear was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 12, 2014, and March 11, 2014.  He pled guilty to both charges on April 22, 2014.
The first conviction stems from an incident on December 3, 2013, when the Bureau of Indian Affairs was advised of a 911 domestic abuse call in McLaughlin.  An officer responded to the call and spoke with an adult female victim and her mother who informed the officer that Bobtail Bear and the female victim were arguing in a back bedroom of the house.  Bobtail Bear started jerking the victim’s arm, punching her in the stomach and throwing her on the bed. 
The other conviction stems from an incident which occurred on February 26, 2014, when a Bureau of Indian Affairs was dispatched to the IHS hospital in Fort Yates, North Dakota.  The officer made contact with an adult female victim who appeared to have a chunk of her lower lip missing.  She also had a swollen eye and bruises on her face.  The victim informed the officer that she had had a fight with her boyfriend, Bobtail Bear, when she informed him she wanted to leave and go to her cousin’s house in McLaughlin.  When the victim attempted to use the phone, Bobtail Bear pushed her down, causing her to hit her head on the edge of a coffee table.  Bobtail Bear also hit her several times with an open hand on the left side of the face. 
At the time of these incidents, Bobtail Bear had four final judgments of conviction in Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court for offenses that would have been, if subject to federal jurisdiction, an offense against a spouse or intimate partner.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the cases.
Bobtail Bear was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015