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Cannonball Man Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

April 22, 2013

BISMARCK – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on April 22, 2013, Burdon Lester, 29, Cannonball, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Lester struck a woman in the face with a special type of gloves with hardened plastic knuckles. After she fell to the ground, Lester continued to kick her.

The charge of assault with a dangerous weapon carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Standing Rock Agency.

Sentencing for Lester has been scheduled for August 12, 2013, at U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme is prosecuting the case.








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