St. Francis Man gets 3 years for putting girlfriend in headlock

SAINT FRANCIS, SOUTH DAKOTA – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault by Strangulation and Suffocation was sentenced on December 14, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Michael T. Farmer, age 29, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Farmer was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 13, 2019.  He pled guilty on September 21, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred October 8, 2019, in St. Francis.  On that date, Farmer assaulted his girlfriend by grabbing her and put her in a headlock her until she began to lose consciousness.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

Farmer was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.