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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Monday, March 3, 2014

Porcupine Man Sentenced For Assault

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Porcupine, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault by Striking, Beating, or Wounding was sentenced on February 27, 2014, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy.

Leo Kills Back, age 32, was sentenced to one year in custody, one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Kills Back was indicted for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury by a federal grand jury on September 24, 2013.  He pled guilty to Assault by Striking, Beating, or Wounding on December 12, 2013.

The conviction relates to Kills Back hitting his sister several times on the head with a shovel on July 20, 2013, at Evergreen.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

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

Updated June 22, 2015