New Town man sentenced to 2 1/4 years for burning Fort Berthold church


December 10, 2019

The Memorial Congregational Church 10 miles northwest of White Shield was burned down April 22. It once was located in the Missouri River bottoms before the flood of Lake Sakakawea behind the Garrison Dam.

A New Town man was sentenced Monday to 2 ¼ years in prison for burning down a church on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an act that one witness said has caused a "heartfelt loss" to elders of the community.

Rode Wayne Vocu, 23, in August pleaded guilty to arson in connection with the April 22 fire that destroyed the Memorial Congregational Church northwest of White Shield. A federal grand jury had indicted him in June.


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