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Ponemah Man Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison For Assault, Kidnapping And Robbery

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

Acting United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced the sentencing of DARRIS JAY KINGBIRD, 33, to 15 months in prison for assault with intent to commit a felony offense. KINGBIRD, who was indicted on January 25, 2017, pleaded guilty on May 31, 2017, before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in United States District Court in Minneapolis, Minn.


According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on October 8, 2016, the Red Lake Police Department received a report of a female victim being physically assaulted by a man, who was later identified as KINGBIRD. Immediately after the assault, the victim was placed into the trunk of her car by KINGBIRD. The victim was eventually able to escape and KINGBIRD drove off in the victim’s car. Law enforcement later recovered the victim’s vehicle, which was parked next door to KINGBIRD’S residence. They also found multiple blood stains in the trunk and passenger compartment of the vehicle. As a result of the assault, the victim sustained injuries to her face, abdomen and legs.


This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Police Department and the FBI.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw prosecuted the case.



Defendant Information:                                                                                                                     



Ponemah, Minn.



  • Assault with intent to commit a felony offense, 1 count


  • 15 months in prison
  • Three years supervised release


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Updated June 8, 2018

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