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Fort Yates Man Sentenced for Assaults

U.S. Attorney’s Office October 12, 2012
  • District of North Dakota (701) 297-7400

BISMARCK, ND—U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on October 12, 2012, Tarrell Little Bear, 28, of Fort Yates, North Dakota, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on charges of domestic assault by a habitual offender and assault with a dangerous weapon. Little Bear pleaded guilty to the charges on July 9, 2012.

Judge Hovland sentenced Little Bear to four years and nine months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Little Bear was ordered to pay $200 in special assessments to the Crime Victim’s Fund and $2,927.54 in restitution.

On September 29, 2011, Little Bear assaulted a woman, with whom he had a domestic relationship, by striking her numerous times in the face with his fist. Little Bear had been convicted of at least two prior domestic violence assaults in Standing Rock Tribal Court.

On August 14, 2011, Little Bear assaulted a man by striking him in the face, head, and chest. During the assault, Little Bear kicked the man in the face and head while wearing shoes.

These cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Indian Affairs-Standing Rock Agency, and Standing Rock Tribal Prosecutor’s Office, with the assistance of the Standing Rock Tribal Court.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted these cases.