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Fort Totten Man Sentenced for Assaulting the Bureau of Indian Affairs Chief of Police on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation

U.S. Attorney’s Office January 02, 2013
  • District of North Dakota (701) 297-7400

FARGO—U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on January 2, 2013, Brandt Richard Yankton, a/k/a Brandt Richard Jetty, of Fort Totten, North Dakota, was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson on a charge of assault on a federal officer resulting in bodily injury.

Judge Erickson sentenced Yankton to 27 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Yankton was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

Yankton, 24, pleaded guilty on August 27, 2012, to biting through the skin of the right forearm of Bureau of Indian Affairs Chief of Police Raymond Cavanaugh, while Chief Cavanaugh was arresting Yankton for a traffic violation. Chief Cavanaugh’s injury required medical attention and left a permanent scar. The incident occurred in April 2012 on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Totten Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Janice M. Morley prosecuted the case.

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