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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 26, 2018

St. Francis Man Sentenced for Assault

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on July 23, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

John Matthew Brave Hawk, age 20, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, 3 years of Supervised Release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Brave Hawk was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 17, 2018. He pled guilty on April 30, 2018.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on November 14, 2017, when Brave Hawk intentionally drove a vehicle towards a group of people, and struck one of the individuals which caused abrasions to their head, knees and hands.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

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

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Updated July 26, 2018