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October 23, 2014

Two Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Violent Crimes Committed on the Red Lake Indian Reservation

United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the unrelated sentencings of FERNANDO LUIS MAY-GIL-GARCIA, 29, and AVERY WADE SCHOENBORN, 25, each to 84 months in federal prison for unrelated violent offenses committed on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Both defendants are enrolled members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. They were sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Duluth before Senior Judge Richard H. Kyle.

According to MAY-GIL-GARCIA’S guilty plea and documents filed in court, MAY-GIL-GARCIA repeatedly struck a female victim multiple times with his fists. During the assault, the victim was holding a baby in her arms and she was unable to fend off the blows. The baby was also struck during the assault. MAY-GIL-GARCIA also bit the victim in the face and on the back. As a result of the assault, the victim suffered multiple broken bones in her face.

As proven at trial in the SCHOENBORN case, SCHOENBORN sexually assaulted an intoxicated victim. While the victim was unconscious in a friend’s home, SCHOENBORN entered the house and proceeded to sexually assault the victim. The victim was later taken to a hospital where she regained consciousness and was treated and released. The trial lasted two days in U.S. District Court in Duluth. The jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning a guilty verdict.

These cases resulted from investigations conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Red Lake Police Department.

Both cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford Wardlaw.

Defendant Information:

FERNANDO LUIS MAY-GIL-GARCIA, 29
Red Lake, Minn.

Convicted:

  • Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, 1 count

Sentenced:

  • 84 months in prison

AVERY WADE SCHOENBORN, 25
Red Lake, Minn.

Convicted:

  • Sexual Abuse, one count

Sentenced:

  • 84 months in prison
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