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Press Release

Pine Ridge Man Acquitted of Assault

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

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.

Updated July 15, 2016