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Manderson Man Sentenced for Assault

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Manderson, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault by Striking, Beating, or Wounding was sentenced on January 27, 2016, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann.

John Holy Rock, age 21, was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Holy Rock was indicted for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury by a federal grand jury on April 22, 2014.  Holy Rock pleaded guilty to Assault by Striking, Beating, or Wounding on December 4, 2015.

The conviction stems from Holy Rock striking the victim in the head with a 2” x 4” board on January 1, 2013. This assault resulted in injuries to the victim’s cheek and eye socket.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.

Updated January 29, 2016