United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Robbery was sentenced on August 31, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.
AbuBarker Shabbaz-Evans, a/k/a Abu Barker Evans, age 25, was sentenced to 96 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200.
Shabbaz-Evans was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 14, 2020. He pled guilty on June 16, 2020.
The convictions stem from two separate incidents. The first incident occurred on September 15, 2019, when Shabbaz-Evans pulled an individual out of a vehicle and repeatedly struck the victim about the head and face with a metal object shaped like a pistol and drove off in his vehicle. The victim suffered a slight fracture in his nose as a result of the assault.
The second incident occurred on January 1, 2020, when Shabbaz-Evans attempted to rob two individuals of pre-paid gasoline at the Crow Creek C-Store. In attempting to take the gasoline, Shabbaz-Evans showed a metal gun shaped object in his waistband and threatened the individuals if they did not give Shabbaz-Evans the gas. Onlookers intervened and prevented the robbery.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.
Shabbaz-Evans was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.