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New Town Man Pleads Guilty to Assault

May 4, 2012

BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on May 4, 2012, Robert W. Brugh Jr., a/k/a Trebor Brugh, 40, of New Town, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

On January 9, 2012, Brugh went to the United Prairie Cooperative in New Town to discuss the delivery of propane from the business. Brugh became upset that propane could not be delivered that day, and Brugh struck an employee in the face, causing the employee’s glasses to be knocked off. Brugh then punched the
employee in the head and face, knocking the employee to the floor. The employee’s head struck the floor as he fell. The employee suffered a closed head injury to his brain, contusions to his head and a skull fracture and was hospitalized for several days.

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

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Indian Affairs - Fort Berthold Agency and Three Affiliated Tribes Police Department.

Sentencing for Brugh has been scheduled for August 3, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D., at 10:00 a.m.

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





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