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ROSEBUD MAN FOUND NOT GUILTY OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN FEDERAL COURT

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Anthony Fast Horse, 55, Rosebud, has been found not guilty of Sexual Abuse following a jury trial in Pierre.

The verdict was reached on Feb. 11. Fast Horse was indicted on Mar. 13, 2012, for allegedly sexually abusing the victim in Rosebud.

The investigation was conducted by FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case.

Fast Horse was released from custody.

 

Benjamin Kitteaux, 26, Rapid City, convicted of Escape from Custody, was sentenced on Feb. 4, by Judge Jeffrey Viken, to 6 months in prison and ordered to pay $100 victims fund.

In August 2014, Kitteaux left Community Alternatives of the Black Hills, where he was serving the remainder of a federal prison sentence. He failed to return as required. He was eventually apprehended and jailed by federal authorities.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Marshals Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Patterson.

Kitteaux was immediately turned over to U.S. Marshals to begin his sentence.

 

Joseph Lambert, 27, Mission, convicted of Assault by Striking, Beating and Wounding, was sentenced on Feb. 5, by Judge Mark Moreno, to 12 months probation and $25 victims fund.

Lambert was indicted May 13. He pleaded guilty on Dec. 5.

The conviction stems from April 23, when Lambert engaged in an argument with his girlfriend, the mother of his two children. While arguing, victim hurled a cup at Lambert, who grabbed victim from behind, wrapped his arms around her upper body, and assaulted her. When victim bit his arm, he released her from a domestic violence situation and she fled the residence.

The case was investigated by Rosebud LES. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher prosecuted the case.

Defendant was released to report to his probation officer.

 

Stephanie Luxon, 23, Mission, appeared before Judge Mark Moreno on Jan. 29, and pleaded not guilty to Child Abuse.

The maximum penalty on conviction is 15 years in prison and $250,000 fine, 3 years parole, and $100 victims fund.

The charge alleges that in August 2014, in Todd County, Luxon abused, exposed, tortured, tormented, and cruelly punished a child under age 7.

The investigation is by Rosebud LES, FBI, and the Nebraska State Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher is prosecuting.

Defendant was released pending trial. No trial date announced.

 

Vernon Robert Schmidt Jr. aka Sonny Bob Schmidt, 29, Mission, convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, was sentenced on Feb. 2, by Judge Roberto Lange, to 3.8 years in prison, 2 years parole, $900 in restitution, and $100 victims fund.

The conviction stems from May 26, when Schmidt pointed a Stoeger 9mm pistol at victim during an argument and waved it around. Schmidt was brandishing firearm when it suddenly discharged. A slug from the firearm hit victim in the chest and neck area, causing serious bodily injury. Schmidt then fled the scene.

This case was investigated by Rosebud LES. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher prosecuted.

Schmidt was immediately turned over to U.S. Marshals to begin serving his sentence.

 

Anthony One Star Jr., 27, Rosebud, appeared before Judge Mark Moreno on Jan. 26, and pleaded not guilty to Assaulting, Resisting, Opposing, and Impeding a Federal Officer.

The maximum penalty on conviction is 8 years in prison and $250,000 fine, 3 years parole, and $100 victims fund.

One Star is alleged to have forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, and impeded a Rosebud police officer in November, in Rosebud. The incident resulted in a physical fight with the officer.

The investigation is by Rosebud LES. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher is prosecuting.

One Star was remanded to U.S. Marshals Service. A trial date has not been set.

 

Calvin Bagola, 27, Fort Thompson, convicted of 2 counts of Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury, was sentenced on Jan. 26, by Judge Roberto Lange, to 4.5 years in prison on each count, served concurrently, 2 years parole, and $200 victims fund.

The first conviction stems from Feb. 13, 2014, when Bagola, in an intimate dating relationship with victim since September 2013, began to assault her with closed fist at his mother’s house. Bagola also kicked victim. Victim received medical treatment at hospital in Chamberlain. She had a depressed orbital wall fracture and a non-displaced fracture to the superolateral aspect of the right maxillary sinus. Both eyes were swollen shut and she had bruising to her face and body.

Bagola’s second conviction stems from March 27, 2014, when police were called to an assault involving same victim. Bagola began assaulting victim when a second victim attempted to intervene and protect her. Bagola assaulted the second female victim with closed fist, punching her multiple times and knocking her to the ground unconscious. She received medical treatment in Chamberlain, where she had fractures of the mandible both anteriorly and involving the left ramus. She was seen by a specialist in Sioux Falls and required surgery, including having her mouth wired shut for several weeks.

This case was investigated by BIA Crow Creek Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan Dilges prosecuted.

Bagola was immediately turned over to U.S. Marshals to begin his sentence.

 

Jordyn Blue Coat aka Jordyn Swan, 21, Eagle Butte, appeared before Judge Roberto Lange on Feb. 2, and pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Murder of a Child.

The maximum penalty on conviction is life in prison, 5 years parole, and $100 victims fund.

The conviction stems from Oct. 17, when Blue Coat was caretaker of a 20-month-old child. According to Blue Coat, in the last two months of the child’s life, the toddler frequently cried and was hard to console. That evening the child had a messy diaper, which Blue Coat changed and temporarily left on the bedroom floor near him, while she stepped out to use the restroom. When she returned, the child had gotten ahold of the dirty diaper and had feces all over his clothes and himself. Blue Coat became angry, lost control of her emotions and kicked the child in the head. The kick pushed the child’s head into a bedroom television stand, knocking him unconscious. His head began to swell from the injury. After spending some time trying to awaken the child, Blue Coat took him to the emergency room at IHS hospital in Eagle Butte.

Blue Coat lied to medical providers telling them the child had “fallen two days ago in the park” and hit his head. She did not provide an accurate medical history. The child was unresponsive at the hospital; there was swelling around his left ear, eyes were swollen shut, and there was a large burn injury to his leg. The child also had multiple chronic and acute burn injuries throughout his body.

Doctors at IHS immediately suspected the child had a closed head injury and air evacuated him to Rapid City Regional Hospital, where emergency medical personnel worked on him for four hours. The child died in the emergency room on Oct. 18.

The autopsy report listed cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head that caused acute subdural hemorrhaging and led to bilateral cerebral brain failure. The autopsy also revealed multiple burns, contusions, abrasions, and injuries to the child’s head, face and feet, along with old and recent bone fractures. Attorneys later stipulated and agreed that Blue Coat had malice aforethought when she kicked the child in the head, causing his unlawful death.

The investigation was conducted by FBI, Department of Social Services, and Cheyenne River LES, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date set for April 27. Blue Coat was remanded to U.S. Marshals pending sentencing.

 

Joseph Thompson, 23, Lower Brule, convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, was sentenced on Feb. 2, by Judge Roberto Lange, to 18 months in prison, 2 years parole, and $100 victims fund.

Thompson was indicted on July 15 and pleaded guilty on Nov. 18.

The conviction stems from the early morning hours of May 3, when Thompson, the victim, and others were at a party in Lower Brule. Thompson and the victim began to quarrel. The defendant viciously assaulted victim, which resulted in a deep gash to victim’s forehead, penetrating skull bone, requiring 27 sutures to close.

This case was investigated by BIA police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan Dilges prosecuted.

Thompson was turned over to U.S. Marshals to commence his time behind bars.

 

Shilo Hill aka Shilo Robideau, 19, Eagle Butte, convicted of Possession of a Stolen Firearm, was sentenced on Feb. 2, by Judge Roberto Lange, to 2 months in prison, 18 months parole, and a $100 victims fund.

Hill was indicted for Second Degree Burglary, Larceny, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm on July 15. He pleaded guilty to reduced charges on Nov. 17.

The conviction arose from an incident in March 2014, when Hill stole a .45 caliber Glock pistol. The weapon was manufactured outside of South Dakota and was shipped via interstate commerce before Hill took the firearm.

This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River LES and ATF. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted.

Hill was immediately turned over to U.S. Marshals to begin serving his 2 months behind bars.

 

Lawrence Mexican, 23, Eagle Butte, convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, was sentenced on Feb. 10, by Judge Roberto Lange, to 42 months in prison, 2 years parole, and $100 victims fund.

Mexican was indicted on Sept. 16 for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. He pleaded guilty to lesser charge on Nov. 18.

The conviction arose from a July 2014 incident in Eagle Butte, in which Mexican and two others unlawfully assaulted a victim with shod feet, metal crutches, and wooden clubs, with intent to do great bodily harm to the victim. Victim was seriously injured.

This case was investigated by Cheyenne River LES. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted.

Mexican was immediately turned over to U.S. Marshals to begin serving his sentence.

 

Reginald Between Lodges aka Reginald Condon aka Reggie Kills A Hundred, 62, Takini, convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact with a Child, was sentenced on Feb. 11, by Judge Roberto Lange, to 36 months in prison, 5 years parole, and $100 victims fund.

Between Lodges was indicted on June 10 for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child. He pleaded guilty to lesser charge on Nov. 18.

The conviction arose from an incident that occurred in October 2013, in Takini, when Between Lodges engaged in intentional, offensive touching of victim, an 8-year-old child.

This case was investigated by Cheyenne River LES. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted.

Between Lodges was immediately turned over to U.S. Marshals to begin serving his sentence.

 

Loren Laplante Jr., 24, Eagle Butte, appeared before Judge Mark Moreno on Feb. 17, and pleaded not guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

The maximum penalty on conviction is 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine, 3 years parole, and $100 victims fund.

The charge alleges that on Jan. 9, Laplante unlawfully assaulted victim in Dupree. The assault resulted in serious bodily injury to the victim.

The investigation is by Cheyenne River LES. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting.

Laplante was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

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