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Mission Man Sentenced For Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on February 2, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Vernon Robert Schmidt, Jr., a/k/a Sonny Bob Schmidt, age 29, was sentenced to 46 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, $900 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from a May 26, 2014, incident when, during an argument, Schmidt pointed a Stoeger 9mm caliber pistol at the victim and waved it around.  Schmidt was brandishing the firearm when it discharged. A 9mm slug from the Stoeger firearm hit the victim in the chest and neck area, causing serious bodily injury to the victim. Schmidt fled the scene.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher prosecuted the case.

Schmidt was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence.

Updated June 22, 2015