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Dancing Bull Fischer Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Murder and Assault with Intent to Commit Murder

U.S. Attorney’s Office June 26, 2013
  • District of South Dakota (605) 330-4400

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Dancing Bull Fischer, age 24, of Wagner, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier on June 26, 2013, and pled guilty to the charges of second-degree murder and assault with intent to commit murder.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; five years of supervised release; and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on November 27, 2012, when Dancing Bull Fischer shot Anthony Fischer, Sr. at close range, killing him, and also shot and wounded Dominic Fischer while at a house party in the Wagner area.

The investigation was conducted by the Yankton Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement Services, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas J. Wright.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date has been set for September 23, 2013. The defendant remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing.