Two Lower Brule men have been ordered to serve prison time and pay more than $40,000 in restitution to a man they assaulted in July 2006.
Shaun Kyle Mills, 23, and Maza Grassrope, 20, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier after both pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon.
Mills was ordered to spend 33 months in prison and three years of supervised release and pay $22,948.20 in restitution. Grassrope, 20, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $19,419.11 in restitution.
Mills and Grassrope admitted to assaulting the man, who was with Mills' ex-girlfriend, by driving into his car and then hitting and kicking him in the head. The victim suffered blunt head trauma and a fractured jaw, which required surgery. The assault happened in the high school parking lot in Lower Brule.
Mills and Grassrope were initially indicted on an additional charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
In other federal court news:
* Lionel E. White Lance, 19, Rosebud, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann to six years in prison and five years of supervised release for having sex with a woman who was incapable of giving consent April 15, 2007. White Lance pleaded guilty to sexual abuse.
* Howard D. Killeaney, 27, Rosebud, was sentenced by Kornmann to five years in prison after pleading guilty to assault resulting in substantial bodily injury. He was originally indicted on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child in February/March 2007. The charge involved the assault of a minor younger than 16, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
* Dawson F. Shot With Two Arrows Jr., 27, Parmelee, pleaded guilty to two counts of a five-count indictment charging him with robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon. Shot With Two Arrows was accused of climbing through a woman's window early March 10, abducting her at knifepoint and forcing her to leave with him by threatening the lives of her boyfriend and children. The maximum penalty for the robbery charge is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and the assault charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Shot With Two Arrows is in custody pending sentencing Oct. 6.
* Antoine Bear Robe, 22, Rosebud, pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting a federal officer in connection with the November assault of a Rosebud Sioux Tribe law enforcement officer and two women. Bear Robe was originally indicted on additional charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, sexual abuse and aiding and abetting. The maximum penalty for the assault charge is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Bear Robe was released on bond to attend treatment while awaiting sentencing Oct. 24.
* Michael Ramos, 33, Spearfish, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful use of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm. According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, a search of Ramos' home in July 2007 revealed a 9 mm pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun as well as methamphetamine and marijuana. The maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Ramos remains in custody pending sentencing Oct. 8.
* Percy "Skope" White Plume III, 21, Wounded Knee, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with larceny, first-degree burglary and possession of a stolen firearm. Federal court documents show he is accused of entering a Manderson home during the night of March 23 and stealing more than $1,000 worth of firearms, ammunition, jewelry and coins. He also is accused of possessing several firearms. The maximum penalty for larceny is five years in prison, the firearms charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and the burglary charge is punishable by up to 25 years in prison upon conviction. Each offense is also punishable by fines of up to $250,000. White Plume is in custody pending trial.
Editor's note: The U.S. District Court generally prosecutes felonies committed on reservations, and tribal courts handle misdemeanor crimes. Felonies that happen off the reservation are prosecuted in state circuit court and are reported separately in the Journal. Some drug and firearms cases are also prosecuted in federal court.