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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Redby Man Indicted For Assaulting Others With A Tire Iron

MINNEAPOLIS—A federal indictment unsealed yesterday charges a 20-year-old Redby man with assaulting two other people while on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. The indictment, which was filed on July 23, 2013, charges Ryan Devin Ravensborg with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. The indictment was unsealed following Ravensborg’s initial appearance in federal court.

The indictment alleges that on May 26, 2013, Ravensborg assaulted the two victims with a metal object. One of the victims had a depressed skull fracture and intracranial bleeding, while the second victim suffered a laceration on his scalp that required staples and a linear skull fracture.

If convicted, Ravensborg faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison on each count. Any sentence will 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 John E. Kokkinen.

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