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Plummer Man Sentenced for Breaking Cousin’s Jaw

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho

COEUR D'ALENE - Desmond J. Seyler, 26, of Plummer, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in prison for assault resulting in serious bodily injury, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Seyler to serve three years of supervised release, and to pay $20,008.27 in restitution.  Seyler pleaded guilty on August 12, 2014.

According to the plea agreement, Seyler admitted that he fractured his cousin’s jaw when he hit her in the face.  Seyler was intoxicated at the time he committed the crime.  he case was prosecuted in federal court because the offense happened on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation and both Seyler and his victim are members of federally recognized tribes.  During sentencing Judge Winmill recognized the defendant’s efforts in engaging in treatment and embracing sobriety.

The case was investigated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Updated May 6, 2015