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Redby man pleads guilty to machete assault

MINNEAPOLIS — A 19-year-old Redby man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to assaulting another person with a machete on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Dale Clinton White Jr., pleaded guilty to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily harm, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minneapolis. White, who was indicted May 6, entered his plea before United States District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis.

In his plea agreement, White admitted that on March 22, he repeatedly struck another man with a machete as that man slept in the bedroom of a Redby residence, according to the release. As a result of the assault, the victim suffered fractures to the skull, left arm and front sinus, as well as lacerations on the scalp, face and arms. The victim also had soft tissue damage and hemorrhagic shock, which required multiple blood transfusions, the release stated.

White faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.