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Fort Yates Man Pleads Guilty to Assault & Burglary Charges

August 20, 2012

BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on August 20, 2012, Lionel R. Jewett, 21, of Fort Yates, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on two counts of burglary, a count of assault with intent to commit murder, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

On March 30, 2011, Jewett and a co-defendant broke into a garage owned by the Catholic church in Fort Yates and took a vehicle, tools and some money. Jewett also admitted to his involvement with a burglary at the church on October 15, 2011, in which tools were stolen.

In a separate incident on January 16, 2012, Jewett attacked two women in the Fort Yates area. Jewett assaulted the first woman by using a garden hoe and a fence post pounder. Jewett kicked the first woman and a second woman while wearing shoes.

Sentencing for Jewett has been scheduled for December 10, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D., at 2:00 p.m.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Standing Rock Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Standing Rock Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme is prosecuting the cases.




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