Belcourt Man Pleads Guilty to Assault Charges
BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on
Sept. 25, 2012, Felix E. Wallette Jr., 40, of Belcourt, N.D., pleaded guilty in
U.S. District Court to a charge of assault by striking, beating, or wounding and a charge
of domestic assault by a habitual offender.
On Sept. 11, 2011, Wallette was in a vehicle with the victim, and they began to
argue. Wallette assaulted the victim, and the victim sought medical treatment for non-life
threatening injuries. At the time of the assault, Wallette had previously been convicted in
North Dakota state court proceedings and in Turtle Mountain Tribal Court of at least two
other domestic violence offenses.
The charge of assault by striking, beating, or wounding carries a statutory
maximum penalty of six months in federal prison and a $5,000 fine. The charge of
domestic assault by a habitual offender carries a statutory maximum penalty of five years
in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Turtle Mountain
Sentencing for Wallette has been scheduled for Dec. 20, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D., at 3:00 p.m.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandi Sasse Russell is prosecuting the case.