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White River Man Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a White River, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on December 17, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Tyler Standing Bear, a/k/a Ty Standing Bear, age 25, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Standing Bear was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 14, 2019.  He pled guilty on September 24, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred in the Lower Swift Bear Community, near White River, on January 20, 2019.  On that date, a Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services Officer responded to a report of disturbance at a residence.  The officer subsequently made contact with Standing Bear and informed him he was going to be placed under arrest on an outstanding warrant, at which point Standing Bear produced a knife. Standing Bear brandished the knife at the officer, ignored the officer’s commands to put the knife down and yelled at the officer to shoot him.  Standing Bear then fled the residence on foot.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

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

Updated December 19, 2019