- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A Stanley County man charged in a standoff at a bison ranch north of Fort Pierre has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

KCCR radio reports that 45-year-old Mark Taggart pleaded guilty to a simple assault charge and a weapons count. He initially had faced more serious aggravated assault charges.

Authorities say Taggart brandished a rifle at the Houck Triple U Buffalo Ranch on Aug. 5 but did not fire the gun. He was arrested without incident after a standoff that lasted about three hours. Taggart had been living and working at the ranch.

His attorney said earlier that a combination of alcohol and medication for bipolar disorder led to the incident.

Taggart is to be sentenced Nov. 4.


Information from: KCCR-AM, https://www.todayskccr.com/

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