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Fort Yates Man Sentenced for Child Abuse

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

BISMARCK – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Nov. 4, 2013, Terry Holy Elk Face, 21, Fort Yates, N.D., pleaded guilty and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of child abuse in Indian country.

Judge Hovland credited Holy Elk Face for 159 days in custody, to be followed by two years of supervised release. Holy Elk Face was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

On Dec. 22, 2012, Holy Elk Face hit a child in the face, which caused the child to fall into a piece of furniture. The child’s injuries were not life threatening.

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

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case.

Updated January 29, 2015