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Fort Yates Man Pleads to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

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

BISMARCK – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on April 11, 2013, Duane Kidder, Fort Yates, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

On Jan. 16, 2012, Kidder assisted co-defendant, Lionel Jewett, in assaulting a woman in Fort Yates. Jewett assaulted the woman by using a garden hoe and a fence post pounder. Jewett pleaded guilty on Aug. 20, 2012. The victim’s injuries required medical treatment but were not life threatening.

In a separ ate incident, on Jan. 30, 2013, Kidder assaulted a woman by kicking her in the face with his foot while he was wearing shoes. The injury to the woman required medical treatment.

Each count of assault with a dangerous weapon carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Standing Rock Agency.

Sentencing for Kidder has been scheduled for July 19, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D.

Sentencing for Jewett has been scheduled for April 29, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D., at 2:30 p.m.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 29, 2015