Parmelee Man Sentenced for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on June 20, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Darius Whipple, Sr., age 24, was sentenced to 30 months in custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Whipple was indicted for two counts of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon and one count of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury by a federal grand jury on February 4, 2016. He pled guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury on March 28, 2016.
On the morning of August 28, 2015, Whipple’s ex-girlfriend, the victim, was visiting a friend’s apartment in Mission, when Whipple came to the door and would not leave. The victim’s friend informed the victim she needed to leave. The victim left the apartment and started running away from Whipple. Whipple chased the victim and began assaulting her in the middle of the road, by punching her in the face and head until she fell to the ground unconscious. Whipple then fled the area on foot. The victim had to be transported by ambulance to the hospital and was subsequently treated for a broken jaw, requiring her jaw to be wired shut for at least six weeks.
This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk W. Albertson prosecuted the case.
Whipple was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.