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Wakpala Woman Sentenced On Assault Charge

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wakpala, South Dakota, woman convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on August 23, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. 

Adrienne Kills Small, age 36, was sentenced to 15 months of imprisonment, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

Kills Small was indicted by a federal grand jury in February of 2013.  She pled guilty on May 20, 2013. 

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 they 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. 

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

Updated June 22, 2015