Belcourt Man Sentenced for Arson
BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on
Sept. 21, 2012, Joseph J. Morin, 37, of Belcourt, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District
Judge Patrick A. Conmy on a charge of arson. Morin pleaded guilty to the charge on
June 18, 2012.
Judge Conmy sentenced Morin to three years and ten months in federal prison, to
be followed by two years of supervised release. Morin was ordered to pay a $100 special
assessment to the Crime Victimâ€™s Fund.
On February 5, 2012, Morin went to a residence in the Belcourt area, where he
removed all of the electrical meters, set fire to paper, and threw the burning paper into a
dryer vent Morin accessed from the outside. Morin then stuffed a towel into the dryer
vent, causing a fire on the inside of the house.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Turtle Mountain
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandi Sasse Russell prosecuted the case.