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McLaughlin Man Sentenced For Assaulting, Resisting And Impeding A Federal Officer

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

Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on April 27, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Kirk Flying Horse, age 41, was sentenced to 30 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Flying Horse was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 19, 2014.  He pled guilty on November 19, 2014.

On July 25, 2014, two Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officers responded to a call at a home in McLaughlin, after receiving a report that a man was intoxicated and causing a disturbance.  Upon arrival, officers made contact with the Defendant, Flying Horse, who informed the officers that he had been beaten by his ex-wife.  Dispatch was called regarding the situation and the officers were informed that the Defendant was on tribal court conditions and was not to consume alcohol.  Flying Horse was then placed in custody.  The Defendant began kicking the patrol car’s window, and kicked one of the officers on the top of his head when the officer asked him to calm down.

This case was investigated by the BIA, Standing Rock Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

Flying Horse was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015