St. Francis Man Sentenced for Assault With a Dangerous Weapon and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced on December 11, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
George Scott, age 32, was sentenced to 54 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. The sentences will be served concurrently. Scott was also ordered to pay a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200.
Scott was indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault With a Dangerous Weapon on July 11, 2017. He was indicted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender on August 15, 2017. He pled guilty to both offenses on September 26, 2017.
The conviction for Assault With a Dangerous Weapon stemmed from an incident that occurred in St. Francis in the early morning hours of June 12, 2017. Scott and another man, Kyle Swift Hawk, got into an altercation with the victim. While Swift Hawk and the victim scuffled, Scott pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the victim multiple times. The victim suffered significant blood loss and internal injuries, and was subsequently hospitalized.
Scott was convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact in federal court in November 2012. As a result of this conviction, he is required to register as a sex offender and to update his registration within three business days of relocating or changing employment. In March 2017, Scott registered with an address in Rapid City, South Dakota. Scott subsequently moved from his registered address and did not update his registration until June 2017, when he registered with an address in St. Francis. Scott was arrested following the assault on June 12, 2017. Scott did not update his sex offender registration between March 30, 2017, and June 8, 2017, as required by law.
Kyle Swift Hawk, age 25, was also indicted based on his involvement in the June 12, 2017, assault. On October 30, 2017, he pled guilty to Misprision of a Felony, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Swift Hawk is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing, which is scheduled for January 22, 2018.
These cases were investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the cases.
Scott was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service
Updated December 12, 2017
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