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Cannonball Man Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

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

BISMARCK – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on April 22, 2013, Burdon Lester, 29, Cannonball, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Lester struck a woman in the face with a special type of gloves with hardened plastic knuckles. After she fell to the ground, Lester continued to kick her.

The charge of assault with a dangerous weapon carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Standing Rock Agency.

Sentencing for Lester has been scheduled for August 12, 2013, at U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 29, 2015