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

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Devils Lake Man Sentenced for Assaulting a Bureau of Indian Affairs Officer

FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on April 18, 2013, Gavin Leesen Little of Fort Totten, N.D., was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson on a charge of assaulting, resisting, opposing and impeding a federal officer.

Little, 26, pleaded guilty on Jan. 24, 2013, to urinating on a Bureau of Indian Affairs Corrections Officer while the officer was transporting Little to the Devils Lake Regional Law Enforcement Center. The incident occurred in August of 2012 on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.

Judge Erickson sentenced Little to 20 months’ imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. Little was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund. In addition, Judge Erickson also sentenced Little to 14 months’ imprisonment for violating the terms of his supervised release. Little was on supervised release for a previous conviction on a charge of sexual abuse of a minor at the time of this incident. This 14-month revocation sentence is to be served concurrently with the 20-month assault sentence.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Janice M. Morley prosecuted the case.

Updated January 29, 2015