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North Dakota Man Indicted for Assault Charges

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Fort Yates, North Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, Assault by Strangulation, and Domestic Assault by an Habitual Offender.

Calvin Killspotted, a/k/a Sonesakda Killspotted, age 39, was indicted on August 10, 2021.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 7, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on June 2 and 3, 2021, in Corson County, Killspotted unlawfully assaulted an intimate partner when he had previously been convicted of two prior acts of domestic abuse, and that the assault resulted in bodily injury.  The Indictment further alleges that Killspotted unlawfully assaulted an intimate partner by strangling and suffocating her.

The charges are merely accusations and Killspotted is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justices Services, the Corson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.   

Killspotted was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated September 10, 2021

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