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Devils Lake Man Pleads Guilty to Striking, Beating and Wounding

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

FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Feb. 4, 2013, Zev Boyd Rush, 32, of Devils Lake, N.D., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to a charge of striking, beating and wounding.

On Oct. 26, 2010, Rush followed Joseph Scott Yankton from Devil’s Lake, N.D. onto the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation to Yankton’s home. Rush then assaulted Yankton with a black metal collapsible baton causing numerous contusions to Yankton’s arms and leg.

The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Sentencing for Rush has been scheduled for April 29, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Fargo, North Dakota, at 1:30 p.m.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Janice M. Morley is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 29, 2015