SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal grand jury in South Dakota has convicted a Standing Rock Sioux tribal council member of habitual domestic assault.
U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Kerby St. John has been convicted for an incident that took place in July 2011 in Kenel, a community on the Standing Rock reservation. The reservation spans the North Dakota-South Dakota border.
Johnson says the case is believed to be one of the first in the nation involving a new federal statute which punishes acts of domestic violence in which an accused person has two prior convictions of domestic violence in federal, state or tribal courts.
St. John was previously convicted twice in tribal court for domestic assault.
St. John could face 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for September.
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