Devils Lake Man Pleads Guilty to Tampering with a Witness
|U.S. Attorney’s Office July 14, 2011|
BISMARCK—United States Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on July 13, 2011, Dakota Jore, 21, of Devils Lake, North Dakota, pleaded guilty to a charge of tampering with a witness in United States District Court.
Jore was an inmate at the Lake Region Community Corrections Center in Devils Lake, North Dakota, in November and December 2010. After Jore’s release in December 2010, Jore was contacted by an inmate with whom he had shared a cell while incarcerated. The inmate asked Jore to contact a witness in a federal investigation, and Jore was to convince the witness to recant previous statements given to federal authorities and to testify falsely at trial. Jore contacted the witness by telephone and text messaging. During those contacts, Jore communicated the messages from the inmate to the witness.
The charge of tampering carries a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Indian Affairs - Fort Berthold Agency, and Three Affiliated Tribes Police Department.
Sentencing for Jore has been scheduled for September 19, 2011, in United States District Court in Bismarck, North Dakota, at 2:30 p.m.
Assistant United States Attorney Rick Volk is prosecuting the case.