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St. Francis Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Federal Prison for Second Degree Murder and Assault

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

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man convicted of Second Degree Murder and Assault With a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on July 5, 2022, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Isaiah Clarence Young, age 23, was sentenced to a total of 40 years in federal prison.  He was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release for Second Degree Murder.  He was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release for Assault With a Dangerous Weapon.  The sentences will be served concurrently.  Young was also ordered to pay a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200.

Young was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 8, 2021.  He pled guilty on March 22, 2022.

In the early morning hours of January 24, 2021, Young broke into a St. Francis, South Dakota, residence with the intent to commit larceny.  He entered a bedroom and turned on a light, awakening a man and a woman who were sleeping in the bedroom.  Young grabbed a hammer and assaulted the victims, repeatedly striking them in the head and face.  Young then picked up a knife and stabbed both victims repeatedly.  The woman suffered fatal injuries.  The man was hospitalized for his injuries but survived.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

Young was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated July 7, 2022

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