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Woman sentenced to 2 years, 8 months in prison for Lower Brule stabbing


SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — A 33-year-old Lower Brule woman has been sentenced to 2 years, 8 months in prison on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury related to a stabbing in October.

Acting United States Attorney Randolph Seiler says Leaf Colette Byington was indicted by a federal grand jury in March and pleaded guilty to the charge in July. She was sentenced this past week.

The conviction stems from an incident on October 24 when the victim tried to break up an argument between Byington and others. Prosecutors say Byington stabbed the woman in the back of the head and ear with a knife.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Lower Brule Agency.

Byington was turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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