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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Marty Man and Yankton Man Sentenced for Kidnapping and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Marty, South Dakota, man convicted of Kidnapping was sentenced on November 4, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Gavin Little, age 23, was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons also announced that a Yankton, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on November 4, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Christian Garcia, age 25, was sentenced to 30 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

Little and Garcia were indicted by a federal grand jury on January 8, 2019.  Both defendants pled guilty on August 15, 2019.

On November 25, 2018, Little and Garcia, along with two juveniles, assaulted an adult male, Keith Cournoyer, at a home in east housing of Marty, on the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation.  After the man was severely beaten and unconscious, Little loaded him into a vehicle and left the scene.  A high-speed chase ensued near Greenwood before Little abandoned the vehicle and fled away on foot.  Tribal officers found Cournoyer in the back of the vehicle, unconscious.  He was flown to Sioux Falls for emergency medical treatment.

The investigation was conducted by the Yankton Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper.

Little and Garcia were 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 November 6, 2019