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Fort Totten Man Sentenced for Assaulting the Bureau of Indian Affair Chief of Police on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation

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

FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Jan. 2, 2013, Brandt Richard Yankton, a/k/a Brandt Richard Jetty of Fort Totten, N.D., was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson on a charge of assault on a federal officer resulting in bodily injury.

Judge Erickson sentenced Yankton to 27 months’ imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. Yankton was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim's Fund.

Yankton, 24, pleaded guilty on Aug. 27, 2012, to biting through the skin of the right forearm of Bureau of Indian Affairs Chief of Police, Raymond Cavanaugh, while Chief Cavanaugh was arresting Yankton for a traffic violation. Chief Cavanaugh’s injury required medical attention and left a permanent scar. The incident occurred in April of 2012 on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Totten Police Department.

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

Updated January 29, 2015