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Fort Yates Woman Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer

November 19, 2012

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 Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case.







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