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Red Lake man sentenced for assaulting woman with shovel

MINNEAPOLIS – A 26-year-old Red Lake man was sentenced Monday for assaulting a woman on the Red Lake Reservation.

Myron Lee Jones Jr. was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He was sentenced by U.S. District Chief Judge Michael J. Davis, who also ordered Jones to pay $219.30 in restitution.

Jones, who was indicted on March 20, pleaded guilty on July 25.

In his plea agreement, Jones admitted that on Aug. 23, 2009, he swung a shovel during a fight that involved a number of young adults. He struck the female victim in the back of the head, prompting approximately 20 interior and exterior stitches.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad.

Because the Red Lake Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.