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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lower Brule Man Charged with Robbery, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Robbery, Assault With a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Kyle Flute, a/k/a Kyle Pretty Sounding Flute, age 28, was indicted on March 22, 2016. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 8, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 15 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and up to $300 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on March 4, 2016, Flute took and attempted to take by force, violence, and intimidation, money and checks from the victim, who he assaulted in the process with a wood board, causing serious bodily injury.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.

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

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Updated May 10, 2017