top of page

Mother and Son Duo from Bridger Convicted of Brutal Murder and Assault Charges

Mother and Son Duo from Bridger Convicted of Brutal Murder and Assault Charges

Mother and Son Duo from Bridger Convicted of Brutal Murder and Assault Charges


By Ciara Perez, News Reporter | iSkyCreations - News & Media (ISC)

Publish Date: July 2nd 2024


PIERRE — United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a jury has convicted Theodora Belt, 47, and Bailey Belt, 23, both from Bridger, South Dakota, of Second-Degree Murder, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. Bailey Belt faced additional convictions for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury involving a different victim. The verdict was returned on June 28, 2024, following a four-day jury trial in federal district court in Pierre, South Dakota.


Theodora Belt faces a maximum penalty of up to life in prison, a $250,000 fine, five years of supervised release, and a $300 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Bailey Belt faces a similar maximum penalty of up to life in prison, a $250,000 fine, five years of supervised release, and a $500 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.


The defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2023. The convictions stem from an incident on May 27, 2023, in Bridger, within the Cheyenne River Reservation. Theodora and Bailey Belt were at the victims’ home socializing when an argument erupted. The defendants assaulted the first victim by punching, kicking, and beating him with a shovel. As the first victim lay on the ground outside the home, Theodora ran him over with her car, ultimately killing him. Additionally, Bailey Belt struck the second victim in the head with a shovel, causing severe injuries that required the victim to be airlifted to Rapid City for medical treatment, where he survived.


The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case under the Major Crimes Act, a federal statute that mandates certain violent crimes occurring in Indian Country be prosecuted in Federal court.


The case was investigated by the FBI and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Troy R. Morley and Brian J. Murphy prosecuted the case.


Following the verdict, the defendants were immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


--------


Disclaimer: This material is not to be redistributed or rebroadcast without permission from iSkyCreations, LLC. For media inquiries, contact support@iskycreations.com.


©2024 iSkyCreations, LLC. - News & Media

0 comments

Comentarios


bottom of page