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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 29, 2018

Lower Brule Woman Sentenced for Assault

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on June 27, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Megan Crazy Bull, age 22, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Crazy Bull was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 14, 2018.  She pled guilty on April 19, 2018.

The conviction stems from an incident on November 10, 2017, when while an inmate in the Lower Brule Detention Center, Megan Crazy Bull, began to act out in her cell.  When correctional officers went to her cell to have her calm down, they observed she was holding a pencil over her head “like a knife” and shouting she was going to harm herself.  Officers opened the door and Crazy Bull dropped the pencil and climbed up on her bunk.  Officers ordered her to come down off the bunk and exit her cell, but she refused to do so and a restraint chair was brought outside the cell.  Correctional officers entered the cell in order to remove her and place her in the restraint chair, at which point Crazy Bull stiffened up and began to actively resist the officers.  During the struggle, she began to spit and kick at the officers.  She was eventually secured in the chair and a spit hood was placed on her before being placed back in her cell.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

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

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
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Updated June 29, 2018