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Pine Ridge Man Sentenced On Assault Charges

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man convicted of two separate incidents of assault was sentenced on March 14, 2014, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Lee Larney, a/k/a “Southern Wind”, was sentenced to 12 months of imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for Assault on a Federal Officer, and 30 months of imprisonment consecutive and 3 years of supervised release concurrent for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.  Larney was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims for each offense.   
In August 2012, at Oglala, Larney struck an Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer in the face while the officer was arresting him for intoxication.  In April 2012, at Porcupine, Larney struck a man repeatedly in the face, causing a broken jaw which resulted in surgery. 
The investigations were conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  The cases were handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins.  

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

Updated June 22, 2015