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Red Lake man sentenced for sexually abusing a child

January 11, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – Earlier today in federal court in Duluth, a 22-year-old Red Lake man
was sentenced for sexually abusing a minor female while on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.
United States District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis sentenced Byron Keith Kingbird, Jr.,
to 36 months in prison on one count of sexual abuse of a minor. Kingbird was indicted on May 2,
2011, and pleaded guilty on September 8, 2011.

In his plea agreement, Kingbird admitted that in January of 2009, he assaulted the girl, whose was between the age of 12 and 16 at the time.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the
Red Lake Tribal Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P.

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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