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Published March 20, 2013, 02:58 PM

Spirit Lake Social Services Head Pleads Not Guilty in Grand Forks Case

Mark Little Owl appeared in state district court in Grand Forks Tuesday, facing three charges stemming from an Aug. 21 incident at the Grand Forks apartment of his former wife.

By: Herald Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

Mark Little Owl, director of Tribal Social Services at Spirit Lake Nation, pleaded not guilty in state district court in Grand Forks Tuesday to three charges stemming from an Aug. 21 incident at the Grand Forks apartment of his former wife.

He is charged with theft of property, a felony, for allegedly taking a cell phone belonging to his former wife, Phyllis Roberts. He also faces two misdemeanor counts for allegedly assaulting Roberts and throwing one of their two young sons from a room during the incident.

District Judge Sonja Clapp set trial for April 25. Little Owl remains free on bond.

The maximum penalty for the Class C felony theft charge is five years in prison and a fine of $5,000.

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