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Friday, August 7, 2015

North Dakota Woman Sentenced for Assault With a Dangerous Weapon

Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Fort Yates, North Dakota, woman convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on August 3, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Marissa Sitting Dog, age 27, was sentenced to 18 months in custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Sitting Dog was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 10, 2015. She pled guilty on April 27, 2015.

The conviction stems from an incident on February 22, 2015, when the Corson County Sheriff made contact with Standing Rock Dispatch regarding a female victim who had been stabbed by Sitting Dog.  A Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officer responded to the call, arrived on scene, and made contact with the victim, who had a large laceration to her left armpit.  The victim informed the officer that she had been stabbed with a knife by Sitting Dog after an argument arose between the two females.  Law enforcement arrested Sitting Dog a short time later.

This case was investigated by the BIA, Standing Rock agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

Sitting Dog was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated August 7, 2015