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Red Lake Man Sentenced to Over 16 Years in Federal Prison for Rape

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

DULUTH, Minn. – A Red Lake man has been sentenced to 200 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for sexually assaulting a woman in her home on the Red Lake Reservation, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger. 

As proven at trial, on July 3, 2020, Descart Austin Begay, Jr., 38, knowingly raped and sexually assaulted a victim in her home until she was finally able to escape.

On September 6, 2022, Begay was found guilty on two counts of aggravated sexual abuse and two counts of sexual abuse. Begay was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy E. Brasel.

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

Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan B. Gilead prosecuted the case.

Updated April 4, 2023

Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice