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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 15, 2016

New Town Man Found Guilty of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury

BISMARCK - US Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on December 14, 2016, Derick Colin Wilkinson, 26, New Town, ND, was convicted by a federal jury on charges of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Evidence presented at trial showed that, during the early morning hours of April 26, 2016, Derrick Wilkinson assaulted an Indian male outside of a bar located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Wilkinson struck the victim multiple times in the face with his hands and stomped on the then-unconscious victim’s head approximately six times with his boots.  Subsequent to the assault, and in order to avoid arrest, Wilkinson fled from the bar with his girlfriend and hid in the crawlspace of his friend’s house.  As a result of Derick Wilkinson’s assault, the victim was rendered unconscious, required intubation to assist his breathing, and suffered nasal and orbital fractures. 

Sentencing for Derick Wilkinson has been scheduled for March 20, 2017, in Bismarck, ND. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Three Affiliated Tribes Police Department.

Assistant US Attorney Jonathan O’Konek and Special Assistant US Attorney Dawn Deitz prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
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Updated December 15, 2016