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Red Lake Man Pleads Guilty To Domestic Assault

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

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of EDWARD LEE BELLANGER, 45, to three counts of assault of an intimate or dating partner. BELLANGER, who was initially charged on June 27, 2019, entered his plea today before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. BELLANGER is scheduled to be sentenced on May 26, 2020.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, between October 2018 and January 2019, BELLANGER violently assaulted the victim on three separate occasions. During one of the assaults, BELLANGER, who was driving his car, reached over to the victim, who was seated in the front passenger seat, and slammed her head into the windshield, cracking the windshield. Following the assaults, the victim sought medical attention and was treated for substantial bodily injuries.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Gina L. Allery is prosecuting the case.


Defendant Information:


Red Lake, Minn.


  • Assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to an intimate or dating partner, 3 counts




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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600

Updated January 27, 2020

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