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Lower Brule Man Sentenced For Assault Resulting In Substantial Bodily Injury To A Spouse Or Dating Partner

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to a Spouse or Dating Partner was sentenced on May 28, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Shane Coleman, age 25, was sentenced to 15 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Coleman was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 14, 2013.  He pled guilty to an Information on March 11, 2014.

The conviction stems from an incident on July 11, 2013, when Coleman and the victim, who have been involved since 2009, began to argue.  The victim gathered up her things and their children and attempted to leave the residence.
The two began to argue again.  Coleman picked up the victim and threw her to the floor, knocking the wind out of her.  Coleman then came up behind the victim, put his arm around her neck, and began to strangle her.  The victim was on one knee on the floor.  She could feel Coleman squeezing her neck and she eventually lost consciousness. When the victim regained consciousness, she was able to leave the residence with her children.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.
Coleman was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015