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Wahpeton man sent to federal prison for brutal assault

Victim was punched, stomped on and beaten with clothes iron

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PIERRE, S.D. — A 40-year-old Wahpeton, North Dakota, man has been sentenced to 4 years in federal prison for punching a man 30 times and then stomping on him in an incident last year in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

Vincent Chasing Hawk was indicted for assault by a grand jury last November and was sentenced on Monday, Oct. 4, by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Roberto Lange in Pierre after the North Dakota man entered a guilty plea to the charge.

In the incident on Sept. 5, 2020, the U.S. Attorney's office said, "Chasing Hawk had been drinking with the victim and, unprovoked, stood up and starting punching the victim."

The victim fell to the floor during the initial assault of 30 punches and then Chasing Hawk "stomped" on him, the U.S. attorney said.

During the assault, Chasing Hawk knocked a clothes iron off a table and then picked it up and hit the victim at least four times with the iron.

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The case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.

Chasing Hawk was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service to be taken to prison.

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