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Parmelee Man Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting a Federal Officer was sentenced on September 11, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Richard Wolf Guts, age 32, was sentenced to 27 months in prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Wolf Guts was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2017. He pled guilty on July 17, 2017.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred at the Rosebud Adult Correctional Facility, in Rosebud, South Dakota, on April 2, 2017, where Wolf Guts was serving a sentence for a tribal conviction. Wolf Guts began yelling and pouring water all over the floor of his cell, and he ignored verbal commands to stop. Corrections officers subsequently removed him from his cell and placed him in a restraint chair. As he was being secured in the restraint chair, Wolf Guts continued to be combative, spitting in the face of one corrections officer, kicking a second corrections officer in the leg, and biting the hand of a third corrections officer.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

Wolf Guts was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated September 13, 2017

Indian Country Law and Justice