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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

St. Francis Man Indicted on Assault Charges

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

John Matthew Brave Hawk, age 20, was indicted on January 17, 2018.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 29, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

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

The Indictment alleges that on November 14, 2017, Brave Hawk assaulted three individuals with a vehicle, with the intent to do bodily harm.

The charges are merely an accusation and Brave Hawk is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel C. Nelson is prosecuting the case.   

Brave Hawk was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
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Updated January 30, 2018