Fort Totten Man Sentenced for Assaulting the Bureau of Indian Affair Chief of Police on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation
FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Jan. 2, 2013, Brandt Richard Yankton, a/k/a Brandt Richard Jetty of Fort Totten, N.D., was sentenced
before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson on a charge of assault on a federal officer
resulting in bodily injury.
Judge Erickson sentenced Yankton to 27 monthsâ€™ imprisonment to be followed by
three years of supervised release. Yankton was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment
to the Crime Victim's Fund.
Yankton, 24, pleaded guilty on Aug. 27, 2012, to biting through the skin of the right
forearm of Bureau of Indian Affairs Chief of Police, Raymond Cavanaugh, while Chief
Cavanaugh was arresting Yankton for a traffic violation. Chief Cavanaughâ€™s injury required
medical attention and left a permanent scar. The incident occurred in April of 2012 on the
Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort
Totten Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Janice M. Morley prosecuted the case.