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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mayetta Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Charge In Domestic Violence Assault On Indian Lands

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Mayetta, Kan., man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge arising from a domestic assault that took place on tribal lands, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

William L. Wilson, 28, Mayetta, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of domestic assault by an habitual offender. In his plea, he admitted that on Sept. 7, 2013, he assaulted the woman with whom he was living on the reservation of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Jackson County, Kan. He admitted hitting and chocking her, resulting in physical injuries. Prior to that time, Wilson had been convicted on three separate occasions of domestic assault offenses.

“Protecting women and girls in Indian Country is a high priority for our office,” said U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Sentencing is set for April 14. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of between 24 and 40 months in federal prison. Grissom commended the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger.