- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota man has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison after being convicted of seriously injuring a woman in 2008 on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

The sentencing of Stoney End Of Horn on charges of serious bodily injury and sexual abuse of a minor came this month in federal court in Aberdeen, months after a federal judge dismissed a murder conviction against the Wakpala man.

End Of Horn, 37, was convicted in September of second-degree murder for the fatal beating of Pauline Brave Crow. Prosecutors said Brave Crow suffered injuries so severe to her face and brain in September 2008 that the surgeon that repaired the Brave Crow’s face described the bones as “busted up so bad they were like a bag of potato chips.” She died in June 2010 after spending four months in a Mandan, North Dakota, hospital due to complications caused by the beating.

Federal authorities said the sexual abuse counts are unrelated to the beating and stem from incidents that occurred in 2010, when End Of Horn engaged in repeated sexual acts with a minor.

End Of Horn faced a jury trial in September and was convicted of second-degree murder for Brave Crow’s death. But U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann dismissed the murder conviction in October under the argument that a death must happen within a year and a day in order to constitute a punishable homicide.

“I felt strongly that higher courts should address this very important issue,” Kornmann wrote at the time. “I determined specifically and advised counsel that I wanted the issues of fact to go to the jury, it being my intention to dismiss the murder charge if the defendant were to be found guilty by the jury. I predicted that this issue should ultimately be decided by the United States Supreme Court.”

End Of Horn’s attorney, Terence Sutton, on Tuesday said his client plans to appeal the assault and sexual abuse convictions.

End Of Horn is under the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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