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Tama Man Sentenced to Over Two Years in Prison for Assaulting His Girlfriend

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Was in possession of a machete at the time

A Tama man who punched and kicked his girlfriend in the face was sentenced today to nearly there years in federal prison.  

Bryce Saunders Kapayou, age 43, from Tama, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 13, 2023 guilty plea to domestic abuse assault. 

Evidence at the plea hearing and sentencing showed that in April 2023, Kapayou punched and kicked his girlfriend in the face.  She was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for substantial injuries to her nose and face.  Evidence showed that Kapayou was drunk and in possession of a machete at the time of the assault.  Kapayou has a long criminal history and has 51 prior criminal convictions. 

Kapayou was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Kapayou was sentenced to 31 months’ and 16 days’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Corkery and investigated by the Meskwaki Nation Police Department and the FBI.

Court file information at

The case file number is 23-CR-46.

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Updated January 9, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime