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Stephan Man Sentenced for Assault and Firearm Charges

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis Holmes announced that a Stephan, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Brandishing of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence was sentenced on September 21, 2021, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Robert Johnson, a/k/a Pitbull, age 43, was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200.

Johnson was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 14, 2020.  He pled guilty on June 21, 2021.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on June 20, 2020, in Lower Brule, South Dakota.  Johnson approached an individual while brandishing a shotgun.  In the course of a brief struggle, the shotgun fired and struck the victim in the shoulder region.  Johnson fled the scene, and the shotgun was recovered the next day.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. 

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

Updated October 1, 2021

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime