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Mission Man Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on January 4, 2021, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Dayton Thin Elk, a/k/a Dayton Haukaas, age 25, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Thin Elk was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 16, 2020.  He pled guilty on October 19, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on April 27, 2020, in Todd County, South Dakota. On that date, he was arrested for driving under the influence.  After being transported to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Adult Correctional Facility, Thin Elk was combative and spit on a corrections officer.

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

Thin Elk was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated January 5, 2021

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