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Two Men Sentenced in Assault Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2012

BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on May 7, 2012, Virgil Standing Crow, 20, of Bismarck, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury, and Lyle Red Tomahawk Jr., 21, of Fort Yates, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Hovland on a charge of aiding and abetting Virgil Standing Crow in the assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Both men pleaded guilty to the charges on January 17, 2012.

Judge Hovland sentenced Standing Crow to two years and six months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Standing Crow was ordered to pay restitution of $9,925.27, joint and several with Red Tomahawk, and to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

Judge Hovland sentenced Red Tomahawk to one year and six months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Red Tomahawk was ordered to pay restitution of $9,925.27, joint and several with Standing Crow, and to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

On August 14, 2011, Standing Crow and Red Tomahawk physically assaulted the victim, which consisted of Standing Crow hitting the victim in the face numerous times while Red Tomahawk prevented the victim from defending himself or fleeing. The attack occurred because Standing Crow was upset about the victim’s activities on Facebook. The victim suffered a fractured orbital bone, which required surgery to repair.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Standing Rock Agency.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case.

 

 

 

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