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District of South Dakota

Friday, May 24, 2013

Wakpala Woman Pleads Guilty To Assault Charge

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Adrienne Kills Small, age 36, of Wakpala, South Dakota appeared before U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann on May 20, 2013 and pled guilty to Count II of an Indictment that charged her with Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ custody, a $250,000 fine or both, and a period of supervised release of 3 years. There is also a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and restitution may also be ordered.

The conviction stems from an incident on January 20, 2013 when Kills Small was home socializing with the victim, among others. Kills Small and the victim had previously been in a dating relationship and have two children together. A fight broke out between the victim and Kills Small’s current boyfriend and Kills Small grabbed a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times. As a result of the assault, the victim sustained serious bodily injury.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for August 19, 2013. The Defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

Updated June 22, 2015