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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 8, 2017

Wounded Knee Man Indicted for Assault with a Golf Club

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Wounded Knee, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Virgil Left Hand, Sr., age 50, was indicted on October 24, 2017.  Left Hand appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on December 1, 2017, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and a $5,000 assessment, unless the sentencing court finds the defendant to be indigent.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges relate to Left Hand using a golf club to assault the male victim at Wounded Knee on September 23, 2017.

The charges are merely accusations and Left Hand is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen is prosecuting the case.

Left Hand was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for February 6, 2018.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
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Updated December 8, 2017