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Cannonball Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Three Federal Officers

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, SkylerWhite Bull, 25, Cannonball, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to three counts of assaulting a federal officer.

On Sept. 13, 2012, White Bull was taken into custody by Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement officers. While being booked into the Standing Rock Correctional Facility in Fort Yates, White Bull kicked two officers and bit another officer in the hand.

Each charge of assaulting a federal officer carries a statutory maximum penalty of eight years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Standing Rock Agency, the Standing Rock Police Department, with the assistance of the Standing Rock Tribal Prosecutor’s Office.

Sentencing for White Bull has been scheduled for July 15, 2013, in U.S. District Court in, Bismarck, N.D., at 2:15 p.m.

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

Updated January 29, 2015