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Press Release

Wakpala Man Sentenced for Assault

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Wakpala, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to a Spouse, Intimate Partner or Dating Partner was sentenced on June 13, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Christopher Lee Delong, age 40, was sentenced to 28 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Delong was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 14, 2015.  He pled guilty on December 15, 2015.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on June 27, 2015, when law enforcement was informed by the victim that her boyfriend was beating her up.  Upon arrival, law enforcement made contact with the victim and Delong.  The officer could see that the victim had blood on her lips, a swollen left eye, and what appeared to be a broken hand.  The victim explained that Delong hit her on the face when he became angry when another person took his car keys from him.  As a result of the assault, the victim sustained a cut lip, a swollen left eye, multiple abrasions to her body, and a severely swollen hand.

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

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

Updated June 16, 2016

Violent Crime