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Published May 19, 2011, 02:08 PM

Minot Man to Plead Guilty to Assault Near Bar on Turtle Mountain Reservation

A Minot man says he will plead guilty to an assault outside a bar on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

By: Associated Press,

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Minot man says he will plead guilty to an assault outside a bar on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

Ricky Lafountain is charged in federal court with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He has agreed to plead guilty to one charge with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Authorities say Lafountain assaulted Tyson Belgarde last November. Lafountain is accused of knocking Belgarde to the ground and kicking him in the face until he was knocked unconscious.

Court documents show that Belgarde required surgery for jaw and sinus fractures.

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