Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Domestic Assault by an Habitual Offender, Assault by Strangulation, and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.
Lyle Walter Iron Horn, age 41, was indicted on September 14, 2021. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 23, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is ten years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that in McLaughlin, on February 20, 2021, Iron Horn assaulted an individual with shod feet and on August 13, 2020, assaulted the same individual by strangulation. Both assaults were committed against Iron Horn’s domestic partner and occurred after Iron Horn had been convicted of at least two prior acts of domestic violence.
The charges are merely accusations and Iron Horn is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.
Iron Horn was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.