A 24-year-old Red Lake man has been indicted in federal court for allegedly assaulting and shooting a woman near the Redby Post Office April 29.
The indictment, which was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, charges Joseph Joshua Jackson with one count of assault with intent to commit murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of discharge of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.
The indictment alleges that Jackson assaulted and shot the woman without just cause.
According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, Red Lake Tribal Police responded to a reported shooting April 29. Upon arriving at the Redby Post Office, they found the
shooting victim, who said Jackson had kicked her in the head and shot her with a pistol. The victim suffered injuries to her head as well as a gunshot wound to her right torso.
Jackson was arrested on May 3 and remains in custody.
If convicted, Jackson faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the assault with intent to commit murder charge and 10 years on each of the other counts. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.
Redby is located on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, which is a federal jurisdiction reservation. As such, all felonies committed there are investigated by federal agencies, with the assistance of tribal police, and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, Red Lake Tribal Police Department, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.
An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.