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Date: 09-29-2023

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United States of America v. Anthony Bobtail Bear

Case Number: 1:22-cr-10009

Judge: Charles B. Kornmann

Court: United States District Court for the District of South Dakota (Hughes County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Pierre

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Description: Pierre, South Dakota criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with Sexual Abuse by Force and Habitual Domestic Violence.

Anthony Bobtail Bear, age 43, was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Bobtail Bear was indicted by a federal grand jury in February of 2022. A Superseding Information was filed, and the defendant changed his plea to guilty on June 26, 2023.

The defendant was convicted of physically and sexually abusing the mother of his child at a home in Little Eagle. The victim sustained bruising to her head, suffered a loss of consciousness during the abuse, and ultimately required surgery to repair the injuries she sustained from the abuse. The defendant and victim were in a tumultuous on again/off again relationship. This is the defendant’s fifth conviction for assaulting the victim, and sixth conviction for domestic violence against his dating partners.

This matter was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office because the Major Crimes Act, a federal statute, mandates that certain violent crimes alleged to have occurred in Indian Country be prosecuted in Federal court as opposed to State court.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Justice Services, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

Bobtail Bear was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

18 U.S.C. 1153, 2244(a)(1) & 2246(3)ABUSIVE SEXUAL CONTACT BY FORCE


Outcome: 120 months of imprisonment with 36 months to run concurrently with count I and remaining 84 months to run consecutively to count I; 3 years supervised release to run concurrently with count I; and a $100 special assessment

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