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Belcourt Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Federal Officer

May 4, 2012

BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on May 4, 2012, Peter J. Laducer, 27, of Belcourt, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of assaulting and resisting a federal officer.

On March 18, 2011, law enforcement officers responded to an incident report involving Laducer and subsequently arrested Laducer and placed him in the back of a patrol vehicle. Upon arrival at the police department, Laducer was noncompliant with exiting the patrol vehicle and had to by physically removed. Once at the booking desk, Laducer became disorderly and spit in the face of a federal officer. Laducer was taken to a cell and once again spit in the face of the federal officer.

The charge of assaulting and resisting a federal officer carries a statutory maximum penalty of eight years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Turtle Mountain Agency.

Sentencing for Laducer has been scheduled for August 13, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D., at 9:30 a.m.

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





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