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Washington Man Sentenced to 24 Months in Federal Prison for Assaulting His Girlfriend on the Colville Indian Reservation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington
Nespelem Man Sentenced in Federal Court

Spokane – William D. Hyslop, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Louis Mark Clark, age 28, of Nespelem, Washington, and an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, was sentenced after having pleaded guilty on September 30, 2019, to Crime on Indian Reservation - Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.  United States District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced Clark to a 24-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison. 

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, Clark traveled with his then girlfriend, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, to their shared home on the Colville Indian Reservation.  There, Clark became upset with his girlfriend and began hitting her in the face with his fists and his knee several times.  During the assault, which occurred in the presence of their minor children, Clark knocked out two of the victim’s front teeth.  Clark’s girlfriend was able to get away and lock herself in a bathroom, where she called 911, reporting the assault to the authorities.  Clark has prior convictions for assault. 

United States Attorney Hyslop said, “The sentence imposed by the Court reflects the serious nature of domestic assault.   The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington works closely with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to ensure that Native American Women and families are protected from violence such as this.”

This case was investigated by the Spokane Resident Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tribal Law Enforcement Department of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Police.  This case was prosecuted by Richard R. Barker, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Updated January 15, 2020

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 2:19CR00035-RMP