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Pukwana Man Sentenced For Simple Assault And Assault By Striking, Beating And Wounding

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Samuel Antelope, age 32, of Pukwana, South Dakota, pled guilty to an Information that charged him with Simple Assault and Assault by Striking, Beating and Wounding. 

Antelope was sentenced on July 10, 2013, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno to 6 months of imprisonment on each count to be served consecutively, for a total custody sentence of 12 months and a $20 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

The charges stem from an incident occurring on November 3, 2012, when one of the victims was with her boyfriend at her Fort Thompson home.  In the early evening, the second victim, her boyfriend, and Antelope came over to drink alcohol.  An argument began between the partygoers. The argument turned physical, and Antelope struck the victims multiple times with his hands and fists. 

One victim suffered a black eye, multiple bruises and swelling to her face and body.  The second victim suffered an upper lip laceration that required three stitches to repair.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case. 

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

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Updated June 22, 2015