Men from Yankton and Marty have pleaded guilty to federal charges that involved kidnapping and assault.
According to a press release issued Friday from the office of U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons, Gavin Little, 23, of Marty, and Christian Garcia, 24, of Yankton entered the pleas when they appeared before U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier Thursday.
They pleaded guilty to an indictment that charged Little with Kidnapping and Garcia with Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.
Last Nov. 25, Little and Garcia, along with two juveniles, assaulted an adult male at a home in east housing of Marty, on the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation. After the man was severely beaten and unconscious, Little loaded him into a vehicle and left the scene. A high-speed chase ensued near Greenwood, before Little abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Tribal officers discovered the unconscious man in the back of the vehicle. He was flown to Sioux Falls for emergency medical treatment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction for Little is life in federal prison, and/or $250,000 fine, five years of supervised release, and $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be imposed.
The maximum penalty upon conviction for Garcia is 10 years in federal prison, and/or $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be imposed.
The investigation was conducted by the Yankton Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper.