Two plead guilty in kidnapping, assault on Yankton reservation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Two South Dakota men have pleaded guilty for their roles in a kidnapping and assault on the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 23-year-old Gavin Little of Marty and 24-year-old Christian Garcia of Yankton entered their pleas last week in federal court.

The indictment charged Little with kidnapping and Garcia with assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

The government says in late November, Little and Garcia, along with two juveniles, assaulted a man at a home on the reservation.

After the man was unconscious, Little loaded him into a vehicle and drove off. Little abandoned the vehicle after a chase and ran away. Tribal officials found the unconscious man in the vehicle.

Little faces up a life in federal prison while Garcia faces up to 10 years.

AP-WF-08-19-19

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