Belcourt Man Sentenced for Assault
BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on
August 27, 2012, Jeffrey K. LaVallie, 41, of Belcourt, N.D., was sentenced by
U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily
injury. LaVallie pleaded guilty to the charge on April 23, 2012.
Judge Hovland sentenced LaVallie to five years and ten months in federal prison,
to be followed by three years of supervised release. LaVallie was ordered to pay
restitution of $14,772.52 and a special assessment of $100 to the Crime Victimâ€™s Fund.
On December 20, 2011, in the Belcourt area, LaVallie stabbed a victim in the chest
with a knife. The injury resulted in a laceration to the victimâ€™s pericardium and lung,
which required emergency surgery.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Turtle Mountain
Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandi Sasse Russell prosecuted the case.