Pine Ridge man found guilty in violent shooting spree
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Lester Waters, Jr., age 38, was found guilty of 2 counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, 2 counts of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, and 2 counts of Discharging, Brandishing, or Possessing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence following a federal trial in Rapid City.
Evidence at trial established Waters fired a pistol four times while at a party at a Pine Ridge residence on January 25, 2018. Three of the bullets struck one of the victims, ultimately paralyzing him. Another bullet struck a second victim in the face, causing extensive injuries.
Each assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. The two firearms charges each carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.
This case was investigated by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Heather Sazama and Eric Kelderman prosecuted and tried the case.
A sentencing date was set for September 17, 2019. Waters was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing.