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Pine Ridge Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison For Assault and Firearm Charges

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

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on February 4, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.

Timothy George Buckman, age 37, was sentenced to a total of 11 years in federal prison.  Buckman was also sentenced to three years of supervised release to follow imprisonment and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Buckman was arrested and federally indicted following an altercation on December 8, 2020, where Buckman, a previously convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms, assaulted two individuals with a firearm.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. 

This case was investigated by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins prosecuted the case.

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

Updated February 17, 2022

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime