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St. Francis Man Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Related Charges

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, Simple Assault, Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm, and Using a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence was sentenced on August 1, 2016, by United States Court District Judge Roberto A. Lange.    

Michael Lee Long, Jr., was sentenced to 150 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, restitution in an amount to be determined, and a $310 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  

Long was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 14, 2015.  He was convicted on May 12, 2016, following a three-day jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota. 

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on May 17, 2015, when Long accosted three people in parked car at a convenience store in Rosebud, South Dakota.  As Long stood next to the open front passenger door pointing a handgun at the victim in the passenger seat, the driver of the vehicle put the car in reverse in an effort to get away.  Long was knocked down by the open vehicle door and fired at the vehicle before it departed the parking lot.  The driver of the vehicle was the daughter of the front-seat passenger. The daughter’s boyfriend was also in the vehicle, seated in the back seat.  They were not injured.  A shell casing was subsequently located in the parking lot of the store and a bullet fragment was removed from the front of the vehicle.  The handgun, a Glock .40 caliber pistol, was also recovered and matched to the shell casing and bullet fragment.

Long was previously convicted of Domestic Abuse in Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court in 2011, making it illegal for him to possess a firearm.  As a result of the verdict, Long will forfeit ownership of the firearm to the United States.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kirk Albertson and Meghan Dilges prosecuted the case.

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

Updated August 2, 2016

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