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

Sunday, September 25, 2016

McLaughlin Man Sentenced for Simple Assault

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of Simple Assault was sentenced on September 20, 2016, by U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes.

Sheldon Crow Ghost, age 34, was sentenced to 6 months in custody, and a $10 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Crow Ghost pled guilty to a Superseding Information, filed on August 10, 2016.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on the morning of November 12, 2015, when the Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement responded to a reported domestic assault. 

The officer was met at the door by the female victim who stated her boyfriend, Crow Ghost, had earlier in the morning repeatedly put up his fist in a manner which indicated he was going to strike her, but did not.  The victim informed the officer that the previous night, Crow Ghost had also slapped her several times and had attempted to punch her in the face, but she had managed to get her forearm up and block his punches.  The officer was able to observe a slight redness to her face.

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

Crow Ghost is to self-report to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service on or before October 4, 2016.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated September 25, 2016