PIERRE, S.D. (FNS) — Vincent Chasing Hawk, 40, Wahpeton, was sentenced Monday, Oct. 4 to four years in federal prison following a guilty plea for a 2020 incident in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

Chasing Hawk was indicted for assault by a grand jury in November 2020. He was charged with punching a man 30 times before stomping on him.

The incident occured on Sept. 5, 2020, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Chasing Hawk, the office stated, had been drinking with the victim. Unprovoked, Chasing Hawk then stood up and started punching the victim. The victim fell to the floor during this assault and was then stomped, the attorney’s office continued.

“During the assault, Chasing Hawk knocked a clothes iron off a table and then picked it up and hit the victim at least four times with the iron,” Forum News Service reported. “Chasing Hawk (after sentencing) was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service to be taken to prison.”

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Roberto Lange, Pierre, South Dakota, sentenced Chasing Hawk. The case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.

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