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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of North Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Naytahwaush Man Sentenced for Failure to Report to Prison

FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on March 20, 2014, Jason Thomas Bellanger, 37, Naytahwaush, Minn., was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to 12 months in prison for Failure to Appear to the Bureau of Prisons facility to begin a term of incarceration.

On June 10, 2013, Bellanger was sentenced before Judge Erickson to a term of incarceration for aiding and abetting the distribution of a controlled substance. Judge Erickson allowed Bellanger to self-report to the designated Bureau of Prison facility no later than 2:00 p.m. on August 19, 2013. Bellanger failed to report and was eventually apprehended by the U.S. Marshal Service on October 11, 2013. The sentence imposed on the Failure to Appear is consecutive to the underlying sentence imposed on June 10, 2013 for the aiding and abetting conviction. Bellanger was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund.

The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Janice M. Morley prosecuted the case.

Updated February 9, 2015