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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of North Dakota

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cannonball Man Sentenced for Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender

BISMARCK – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on June 17, 2013, Ira Plenty Chief, 26, Cannonball, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of domestic assault by a habitual offender. Plenty Chief pleaded guilty to the charge on March 25, 2013.

Judge Hovland sentenced Plenty Chief to serve two years and six months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Plenty Chief was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

On July 14, 2012, Plenty Chief assaulted a woman by striking her in the face, which resulted in injuries to her eye and nose. Her injuries required medical attention. At the time, Plenty Chief had two convictions for domestic violence offenses in Standing Rock Tribal Court.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Standing Rock Agency, with the assistance of the Standing Rock Tribal Prosecutor’s Office and the Standing Rock Tribal Court.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case.

Updated January 29, 2015