- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A Timber Lake man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for beating a man with a large, heavy metal cross.

U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange has sentenced 33-year-old Dustin Buffalo to 40 months in prison to be served concurrently with a different assault sentence, followed by two years of supervised release when he gets out.

Buffalo earlier pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon stemming from the attack in November 2015.

Authorities say the victim tried to intervene in a physical altercation between Buffalo and a stepchild of the victim. Buffalo turned on the man and knocked him to the floor using the cross to hit the victim on the head.

Authorities say Buffalo hit and kicked the victim repeatedly while he was on the ground.

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