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st. Francis Man sentenced for assault by striking, beating
and wounding and simple assault

January 17, 2014
Contact: Ace Crawford

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man charged with Assault by Striking, Beating and Wounding and Simple Assault pled guilty to, and was sentenced, on January 15, 2014, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.
Westlee Ford, age 20, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in custody, and was ordered to pay $35 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on June 15, 2013, when Ford was at a party in which the victim was also present.  There were verbal disagreements and Ford stabbed the victim with a knife.  The victim had four stab wounds to his body as a result of the assault.

The investigation was conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher. 

Ford was ordered to self-report to the U.S. Marshals Service by noon on January 22, 2014.




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