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

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Lower Brule Man Sentenced For Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on February 2, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Joseph Thompson, age 23, was sentenced to 18 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Thompson was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 15, 2014.  He pled guilty on November 18, 2014.

The conviction stems from an incident in the early morning hours of May 3, 2014, when Thompson, the victim, and others were at a party in Lower Brule.  Thompson and the victim began to argue.  The defendant assaulted the victim, which resulted in a deep wound to the victim’s forehead, penetrating the skull bone.  The wound required 27 sutures to close.

This case was investigated by Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Thompson was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015