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Rapid City Man Indicted For Assault

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Leslie Michael Hawk, age 24, was indicted on October 21, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica Duffy on October 22, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.  

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment charges that on October 8, 2014, near Loneman, Hawk assaulted a woman with a knife.

The charges are merely accusations and Hawk is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Patterson is prosecuting the case.   

Hawk was detained pending trial.   A trial date has not been set.  

Updated June 22, 2015