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September 10, 2014

St. Francis Man Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on September 8, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Damien Little Elk, age 36, was sentenced to 37 months in custody, two years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Little Elk was indicted for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon by a federal grand jury on February 12, 2014. He pled guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon on June 17, 2014.

On January 8, 2014, Little Elk was drinking alcohol and arguing with the victim. Little Elk hit and kicked the victim in the abdomen, torso, and legs with shod feet.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher prosecuted the case.

Little Elk was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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