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Belcourt Man Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

March 19, 2012

BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on March 19, 2012, Bobby L. Bercier Jr., 35, of Belcourt, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.

On May 6, 2011, in the Belcourt area, the victim attended a party where Bercier was present. Bercier approached the victim and stabbed the victim in the abdomen. The victim sought medical attention for the injury, which was not life-threatening.

The charge of assault with a dangerous weapon carries 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 - Turtle Mountain Agency.

Sentencing for Bercier has been scheduled for July 30, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D., at 11:00 a.m.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandi Sasse Russell is prosecuting the case.





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