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Oglala Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

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

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange has sentenced an Oglala, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. The sentencing took place on March 15, 2024.

Cole Don Brewer, 32, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Brewer was indicted for Discharge of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime of Violence, Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon by a federal grand jury in September of 2023. He pleaded guilty on December 1, 2023.

The conviction stems from Brewer shooting a male twice in the legs on August 24, 2023, at an apartment in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

This matter was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office because the Major Crimes Act, a federal statute, mandates that certain violent crimes alleged to have occurred in Indian Country be prosecuted in Federal court as opposed to State court.

This case was investigated by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Lindrooth prosecuted the case.

Brewer was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated March 19, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime