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Red Lake Man Pleads Guilty to Domestic Assault as Habitual Offender

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

MINNEAPOLIS – A Red Lake man has pleaded guilty to violently assaulting another individual as a habitual offender, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, in the late evening of April 9, 2023, Shawn Rene Lussier, 55, physically assaulted another individual in a hotel room at the Seven Clans Casino on the Red Lake Indian Reservation by repeatedly punching and kicking the individual. The assault caused serious bodily injury to the victim, including a bloody lip, a one-inch laceration to the scalp that required stitches and left a scar, and other body bruises, and caused over $450.00 in property damage to the hotel room.  According to court documents, Lussier has several Tribal Court convictions for Criminal Domestic Violence involving domestic assaults committed on separate occasions between May 2017 and December 2021.

Lussier pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court before Judge Michael J. Davis to one count of domestic assault by a habitual offender. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later date.

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

Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Bejar is prosecuting the case.

Updated November 8, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime