United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a White Horse, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on September 21, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.
Kip Blue Coat, age 29, was sentenced to 28 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 $100.
Blue Coat was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 11, 2020. He pled guilty on June 29, 2020.
The conviction stemmed from an incident on October 26, 2019, in Eagle Butte, when Blue Coat assaulted an individual who was sleeping by repeatedly punching him in the face. The assault caused serious injury to the victim and surgery was required.
This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.
Blue Coat was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.