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Pine Ridge Man Found Guilty Of Assault

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that William Clifford, age 24, of Pine Ridge, South Dakota was found guilty by a federal jury on May 17, 2013 of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Simple Assault. Co-defendant King Martinez, age 23, of Wounded Knee, was acquitted of the charges.

On October 23, 2012, Clifford and Martinez were indicted for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury alleged to have occurred at Pine Ridge on October 16, 2012.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Shattuck prosecuted the case.

Clifford was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

Updated June 22, 2015