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South Dakota man gets 27 months in federal prison for assault on Indian reservation


PIERRE, South Dakota — A South Dakota man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for assaulting another man on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange has sentenced 40-year-old Jeryn Big Eagle to 27 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release. The Eagle Butte man earlier pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon.

Federal authorities say Big Eagle assaulted the victim in February at the Veterans Center in Eagle Butte. They say Big Eagle struck the victim in the "face, head and body multiple times with a closed fist," and then struck the victim in the forehead with a red Razor scooter.

Big Eagle is now under the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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