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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Red Lake Man Indicted For Assaulting Another With A Machete

MINNEAPOLIS—Recently in federal court in St. Paul, a 19-year-old Red Lake man was indicted for assaulting another with a machete while in Redby, a community on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. On May 6, 2013, Dale Clinton White, Jr., was specifically charged with one count of assault resulting in serious bodily harm.

According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, police responded to a reported assault at a Redby residence at 4:00 p.m. on March 22, 2013. There, officers found a man in bed, unconscious, with extensive injuries to his head and arms. Documents on file with the court indicate that witnesses also reported that other people had been in the house prior to the arrival of police. Allegedly, the police then spotted one of those people, later identified as White, as he fled from a neighbor’s house, where he had left behind a machete. The victim suffered several fractures, multiple lacerations, soft tissue damage and hemorrhagic shock.

If convicted, White faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison. Any sentence would be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.

Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.



Updated April 30, 2015