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Red Lake man sentenced to 150 months for assaulting a woman

November 29, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS – Earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, a 26-year-old Red Lake man
was sentenced for a felony assault near the Redby Post Office on April 29, 2010. United States
District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank sentenced Joseph Joshua Jackson to 150 months in
prison on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of discharging a firearm
during the commission of a crime of violence. Jackson was indicted on June 7, 2010, and
pleaded guilty on January 20, 2011.

In his plea agreement, Jackson admitted that on April 29, he assaulted a woman by kicking
her in the head and then shooting her in the abdomen. According to a law enforcement affidavit
filed in the case, Red Lake tribal police responded to a reported shooting and found the victim
outside the Redby Post Office. The victim sustained injuries to the head as well as a gunshot
wound to her right torso. Jackson was arrested on May 3, 2010, and remains in custody.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, the Red Lake Tribal Police Department, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal
Apprehension. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karen B. Schommer and Clifford
B. Wardlaw.

Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the
crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal
Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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