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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Parmelee Man Sentenced For Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on October 6, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Matthew Horned Eagle, age 24, was sentenced to 33 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
         
Horned Eagle was indicted for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury by a federal grand jury on May 13, 2014.  He pled guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury on July 14, 2014.
         
On April 7, 2014, in the late evening hours, Horned Eagle, who had been consuming alcohol, began arguing with his girlfriend in their bedroom.  The noise awoke a child sleeping in another room and an adult female went into Horned Eagle’s room to tell them to quiet down.  A physical struggle broke out between Horned Eagle and the adult female.  When the victim tried to intervene, Horned Eagle stabbed her in the left thigh with a silver and black military style sword with a 17 inch blade.  Horned Eagle’s actions caused a 3.5 centimeter long and 7 centimeter deep laceration to the victim’s left anterior thigh that required sutures to repair.
         
This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher prosecuted the case.
         
Horned Eagle was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


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