Fort Yates Woman Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer
BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on
Nov. 19, 2012, Francine Babicki, 43, of Fort Yates, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District
Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of assaulting a federal officer. Babicki pleaded
guilty to the charge on June 22, 2012.
Judge Hovland senten ced Babicki to credit for six days in custody and supervised
release for two years. Babicki was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime
Victim's Fund. Babicki was also ordered to home confinement for a period of 12 months.
On June 5, 2011, in rural Fort Yates, law enforcement officers responded to a call
reporting Babicki had driven her vehicle into an unattended vehicle. Officers were able
to remove Babicki from her vehicle, but when they began to move her towards the patrol
vehicle, Babicki kicked one of the BIA officers.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Standing Rock
Agency, Standing Rock Police Department, and Standing Rock Tribal Prosecutor's
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case.