Friday, July 15, 2016
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Wanblee, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for First Degree Murder and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.
Leon “Gogg” Between Lodges, a/k/a Leon Milk, age 32, was indicted on June 21, 2016. Between Lodges appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on July 1, 2016, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is life imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charges relate to Between Lodges using a knife to stab two male individuals on May 27, 2016, at Wanblee. One of these individuals died from his injuries.
The charges are merely accusations and Between Lodges is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen is prosecuting the case.
Between Lodges was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.