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COEUR D’ALENE – Desmond J. Seyler, 26, of Plummer, Idaho, pleaded guilty on August 12, 2014 to assault resulting in serious bodily injury, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Seyler was indicted by a federal grand Jury in Coeur d'Alene on June 7, 2014.
At the plea hearing, Seyler admitted that on May 13, 2014, he fractured a female relative’s jaw when he hit her in the face. The offense happened on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation. Both Seyler and his victim are members of federally recognized tribes.
The charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release.
Sentencing is set for November 4, 2014, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.
The case was investigated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.