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Gila River Tribal Member Sentenced For Near-Fatal Assault Of A Woman

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Michigan

          MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN — David Kel Baldwin, Jr., 45, of Watersmeet, Michigan was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for assault resulting in serious bodily injury, Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney ordered Baldwin to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term, to pay a $2,000 fine, and to pay a $100 special assessment. Baldwin pleaded guilty to the charge on February 2, 2017.

          On August 12, 2016, Baldwin, an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community, assaulted an enrolled member of the Lac Vieux Desert Tribe at a residence located on Lac Vieux Desert reservation lands, beating the female victim with his hands. The victim suffered serious bodily injury as a result, and, if not treated promptly by medical personnel, would likely have died as a result of her injuries.

          The Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul D. Lochner prosecuted the case.


Updated May 2, 2017