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Tokio Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse

April 30, 2012

FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on April 30, 2012,Gary Dean Feather, Jr. of Tokio, N.D., was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson on a charge of sexual abuse.

Feather Jr., 35, pleaded guilty on Feb. 2, 2012, to performing a sexual act on an adult woman when she was unconscious and physically incapable of giving her consent. On the evening of Aug. 29, 2008, on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation, Feather Jr. was spending the night at the home of some friends. Feather Jr. was sleeping on the floor and a female, who lived at the residence, was sleeping on the couch. Around 12 a.m., Feather Jr. removed the clothing of the woman and sexually assaulted her. The woman woke up and shouted for help. Her mother came from the bedroom, where she had been sleeping, and dialed 911.
Feather Jr. dressed and fled the residence.

Judge Erickson sentenced Feather Jr. to eight years and one month in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Feather Jr. was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim's Fund. Restitution will be determined at a later date.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Janice M. Morley, Nick Chase and Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl prosecuted the case.







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