Fort Yates Man Sentenced for Assaults
BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on
October 12, 2012, Tarrell Little Bear, 28, of Fort Yates, N.D., was sentenced by
U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on charges of domestic assault by a habitual
offender and assault with a dangerous weapon. Little Bear pleaded guilty to the charges
on July 9, 2012.
Judge Hovland sentenced Little Bear to four years and nine months in federal
prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Little Bear was ordered to
pay $200 in special assessments to the Crime Victimâ€™s Fund and $2,927.54 in restitution.
On September 29, 2011, Little Bear assaulted a woman, with whom he had a
domestic relationship, by striking her numerous times in the face with his fist. Little Bear
had been convicted of at least two prior domestic violence assaults in Standing Rock
On August 14, 2011, Little Bear assaulted a man by striking him in the face, head
and chest. During the assault, Little Bear kicked the man in the face and head while
These cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Indian Affairs-Standing Rock Agency, and Standing Rock Tribal Prosecutorâ€™s Office, with the assistance of the Standing Rock Tribal Court.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted these cases