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Men Plead Guilty in Assault Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2012

BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on January 17, 2012, Virgil Standing Crow, 20, of Bismarck, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Lyle Red Tomahawk Jr., 21, of Fort Yates, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of aiding and abetting Virgil Standing Crow in the assault resulting in serious bodily
injury.

On August 14, 2011, Standing Crow and Red Tomahawk attacked the victim, with Standing Crow hitting him in the face numerous times, because the victim had befriended another person on Facebook. The victim suffered a fractured orbital bone, which required surgery to repair.

The charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and the charge of aiding and abetting each carry a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Standing Rock Agency.

Sentencing for Standing Crow has been scheduled for April 30, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D., at 9:00 a.m. Sentencing for Red Tomahawk has been scheduled for April 30, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D., at 10:00 a.m.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme is prosecuting the case.

 

 

 

 

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