BISMARCK – United States Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on October 30, 2017, Kenneth Lee Hall, 23, New Town, North Dakota, pled guilty before Chief United States District Judge Daniel L. Hovland to a charge of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. Judge Hovland sentenced Hall to serve 7 years and 6 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.
On December 7, 2016, while under the influence of drugs, Hall picked up and shook an eleven-month-old child multiple times. As a result of Hall’s actions, the child sustained bilateral subdural hematomas, cerebral edema, and bilateral retinal hemorrhaging; all signs of abusive head trauma (previously known as "shaken baby syndrome"). Hall initially lied to law enforcement about the cause of the child’s injuries, but a short time later ultimately admitted to shaking the child multiple times.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Three Affiliated Tribes Police Department.
Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan O’Konek prosecuted the case.