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June 19, 2014

Bullhead Man Sentenced for Sexual Contact with a Minor

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Bullhead, South Dakota, man convicted of two counts of Abusive Sexual Contact was sentenced on June 16, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Landon Iron Thunder, age 24, was sentenced to 36 months in custody on one count and 24 months in custody on the second count, to run concurrently. The Court further ordered that these sentences be served consecutive to a Burleigh County, North Dakota, sentence. Iron Thunder was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Iron Thunder was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 17, 2013. He pled guilty on March 21, 2014.

The conviction stems from an incident occurring between June 1, 2010, and July 31, 2010, when Iron Thunder was socializing with family members, including the juvenile female victim. Late one evening, the group went to Iron Thunder’s house to sleep. The victim slept on a mattress, along with other family members, located on the floor of Iron Thunder’s room. At some point during the night, the victim awoke to discover that her belt had been unbuckled and her pants had been pulled down. Iron Thunder was lying next to her and had his hands inside the victim’s underwear. The victim woke up others in the room and was able to flee the residence.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

Iron Thunder was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to be returned to North Dakota to finish serving his state sentence before serving his federal sentence.

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