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Belcourt Man Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

July 9, 2012

BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on July 9, 2012, Dustin L. Spears, 32, of Belcourt, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.

On February 25, 2012, Spears arrived at the victims home in the Belcourt area after drinking at a local bar. Spears and the victim got into an argument and Spears refused to leave. Once outside, Spears struck the victim in the head multiple times with a knife. The assault resulted in several lacerations above the left ear and head, which required staples.

The charge of assault with a dangerous weapon carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

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

Sentencing for Spears has been scheduled for September 21, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D., at 2:00 p.m.

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






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