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Killer in Marty case gets 17 years

SIOUX FALLS — A man who killed his uncle and wounded his cousin in 2012 near Marty will spend 17 years in prison.

Dancing Bull Fischer, 24, appeared in federal court Monday in Sioux Falls for his sentencing. He received a 210-month prison sentence for fatally shooting his uncle, Tony Fischer Sr., and wounding his cousin, Dominic Fischer.

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Dancing Bull Fischer will be on three years of supervised release after his prison term.

The conviction stems from an incident that occurred around 1 a.m. Nov. 27 when Fischer shot his uncle and cousin with an assault rifle at a trailer home near Marty.

According to court documents, several people were at Tony Fischer Sr.’s home socializing when Dancing Bull Fischer walked out of the room and came back with an assault rifle.

He shot Tony Fischer point blank, killing him. He also shot Dominic Fischer, seriously wounding him, in an attempt to kill him.

After the shootings, Dancing Bull Fischer dropped the gun and ran out of the house. He was arrested later at another location.

Fischer pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder, which has a maximum of life in prison, a $250,000 fine or both. He also pleaded guilty to assault with the intent to commit murder for shooting Dominic Fischer. That conviction carried a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

The case was investigated by the Yankton Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement Services, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas J. Wright prosecuted the case.

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