United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Marty, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on March 20, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.
Eric Cournoyer, age 33, was sentenced to 39 months in custody, followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Cournoyer was indicted for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury by a federal grand jury on July 12, 2016. He pled guilty on December 28, 2016.
On April 2, 2016, Yankton Sioux Tribal Police were dispatched to the victim’s home in Marty. When they arrived, they found the victim with his face beaten and bloody, and his eyes swollen shut. He was treated for fractures to his nose and eye socket. Cournoyer had been drinking alcohol and attacked the victim while sleeping and defenseless.
This case was investigated by Yankton Sioux Tribal Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.
Cournoyer was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.