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Fargo Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison for Conspiracy to Tamper with a Federal Witness

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

FARGO – United States Attorney Mac Schneider, District of North Dakota, announced that on January 18, 2024, Daniel Saydee Cisse, age 19, Fargo, ND, was sentenced by Chief District Judge Peter Welte to 11 years in federal prison and five years supervised released for Conspiracy to Tamper with a Witness.

On September 25, 2023, Cisse pleaded guilty for his role in assaulting a federal witness in the Cass County jail on January 14, 2023. As noted at the plea hearing, co-conspirators planned and arranged to assault the federal witness with the intent to influence, delay or prevent the witness from testifying in an official proceeding and to prevent him from providing information to law enforcement regarding the drug-related homicide of Santino Marial. Marial was shot to death in Fargo, ND. on August 28, 2020.

Co-defendants Jesse James Burnett and Shaquiel Anthony Mendez are currently set for trial on July 16, 2024.

This case was investigated by Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Fargo Police Department, Cass County Sheriff’s Department, and the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher C. Myers  and Jacob T. Rodenbiker.

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Terry W. Van Horn  701-297-7400

Updated January 18, 2024