Pine Ridge Man Acquitted of Assault
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man was acquitted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury as a result of a federal jury trial in Rapid City on July 12, 2016.
Franklin Long Black Cat, a/k/a Franklin Long, age 22, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 22, 2016.
The charges related to an incident which occurred on February 14, 2016, when Long Black Cat allegedly assaulted his brother with a screwdriver.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted the case.