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Press Release

Oglala Man Pleads Guilty To Assault Charge

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Tristan Yellow Horse, 27, of Oglala, South Dakota appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken on March 8, 2013 and pled guilty to a charge of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years’ imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.

On February 7, 2011 Yellow Horse was at the victim’s house in Oglala and was asked to leave. While being walked to the door, Yellow Horse punched the victim in the face and knocked him to the ground, causing a dislocated shoulder and extreme pain. The investigation was conducted by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for July 8, 2013. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

Updated June 22, 2015