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White River Woman Sentenced for Assault With a Dangerous Weapon

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Crystal Earth, age 26, of White River, South Dakota, convicted of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on March 4, 2019, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Earth was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Earth was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 17, 2018. She was convicted on December 14, 2018, following a four-day jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota.

The conviction stems from an incident that occurred on February 26, 2018, in the Horse Creek Community near White River. On that date, Earth was at her home in Horse Creek drinking alcoholic beverages and socializing with a group of people that included the victim. At one point, Earth and the victim, an adult male, got into an argument. Earth took a knife from the kitchen and repeatedly stabbed the victim in the chest and face, causing multiple puncture wounds to the victim’s chest and a deep laceration to his chin.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kirk Albertson and Cameron Cook prosecuted the case.

Earth was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated March 5, 2019