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Gallagher Sentenced for Aggravated Assault


PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Larry Long said today that Michael W. Gallagher, 38, previously of Spearfish was sentenced yesterday in Butte County Circuit Court on one count of aggravated assault. Gallagher was sentenced to 10 years in the South Dakota Penitentiary. Nine and a half years of the sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for 10 years on several conditions including mandatory bodily fluid testing, taking medications as prescribed, restitution to victim’s compensation fund, restitution for vehicle damage, no possession of firearms, $1000 fine and he must reside east of the Missouri River. 

Gallagher was arrested on October 29, 2003 when he rammed his ex-wife's car and fled the scene ending up in a field in Butte County. A police standoff then took place for several hours ending with his surrender. 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Rod Oswald and investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation, Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Belle Fourche Police Department, Special Response Team comprised of Rapid City Police Department, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and South Dakota Highway Patrol.