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Two Eagle Butte Men Charged with Assault

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that two Eagle Butte, South Dakota, men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

James Charger, age 21, and Andrew Good Eagle, age 18, were indicted on August 13, 2018.  They appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William Gerdes on August 22, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on August 6, 2018, Charger and Good Eagle did unlawfully assault an individual and said assault did result in serious bodily injury to the victim.

The charges are merely accusations and Charger and Good Eagle are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.   

Charger was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial and Good Eagle was released on bond.  A trial date of October 16, 2018 has been set.

Updated August 24, 2018

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