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New Town Man Pleads Guilty to Assault of Casino Security Officer

March 29, 2012

MINOT - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on March 29, 2012, Thomas J. Edwards Jr., 27, of New Town, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

On April 5, 2011, Edwards was at the Four Bears Casino located near New Town. Edwards was contacted by the casino security officers because of an outstanding tribal arrest warrant. Edwards ran from the security officers and entered a vehicle. While backing up in the vehicle, Edwards ran over the leg of a security officer, which resulted in multiple fractures to the officer’s leg.

The charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Fort Berthold Agency, Three Affiliated Tribes Police Department and Four Bears Casino Security.

Sentencing for Edwards has been scheduled for June 25, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Minot, N.D., at 10:00 a.m.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Volk is prosecuting the case.



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