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Press Release

St. Francis Man Sentenced For Simple Assault

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man charged with Simple Assault pled guilty to and was sentenced on February 25, 2014, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Samuel White Lance, age 22, was sentenced to 6 months in custody and $10 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on October 8, 2013, into the morning hours of October 9, 2013, when White Lance and the victim were arguing. White Lance grabbed a paring knife with a 3 to 4 inch blade and stabbed the victim in the left hand and stomach.  The victim left the scene to seek help, and White Lance followed the victim and stabbed him once in the chest.  The victim was not seriously injured.

The investigation was conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers. 

White Lance was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015