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

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Rapid City Man Pleads Guilty To Assault

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Sydney Lightning Fire, age 30, of Rapid City, South Dakota appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on March 18, 2013 and pled guilty to the Superseding Information that charged him with Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding a Federal Officer. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 8 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; and 3 years of supervised release.

The conviction stems from Lightning Fire’s assault of a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Officer in July 2012.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for June 3, 2013. The defendant will report to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service on April 8, 2012 to await sentencing.

Updated June 22, 2015