United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Sisseton, South Dakota, man convicted of assault of an intimate and dating partner by strangling, suffocating, or attempting to strangle or suffocate was sentenced on May 16, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.
Christopher J. Keeble, age 33, was sentenced to 85 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Keeble pled guilty on November 21, 2021.
On or about May 21, 2021, Keeble’s intimate and dating partner was at her home when Keeble arrived unannounced. Keeble asked her to come outside alone, to which she complied. When she came outside and was alone with Keeble, he immediately threatened her with harm if she screamed or yelled. Keeble then assaulted her by chocking her to a point of closely losing consciousness and by punching her in the face. As a result of the assault, the victim sustained bodily injuries. Keeble’s conduct was unprovoked and also violated a tribal court order of protections involving the same victim.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Sioux Tribe’s Law Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.
Keeble was immediately returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to serve his sentence.