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Federal Jury Finds Man Guilty of Violent Assault on the Bois Forte Indian Reservation

MINNEAPOLIS – A federal jury found a Bois Forte man guilty of two counts of assault resulting in serious and substantial bodily injury, respectively, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to evidence presented at trial and court documents, beginning on or about March 13, 2023, Mark Allen Isham, 61, repeatedly and violently assaulted an intimate partner staying at his residence within the exterior boundaries of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indian Reservation. The physical assault escalated on March 19, 2023, when Isham became angry and started punching the victim with a closed fist. Isham kept his victim trapped inside the house for days without access to the victim's wheelchair. On March 24, 2023, the victim managed to call 911 while Isham was outside chopping firewood. Two officers arrived at Isham's home shortly afterwards. Isham initially denied the victim was inside, prompting the victim to eventually call out to responding officers. The victim's visible injuries included a split lip, black eye, and bruising on their arms, legs, and head. An ambulance was called to transport the victim to a local hospital. The victim's injuries required surgery to repair a broken jaw resulting from the violent assault at Isham's residence.

Following a five-day trial in U.S. District Court before Judge Katherine M. Menendez, Isham was found guilty on one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of assault resulting in substantial bodily injury. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later date.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and the Bois Forte Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carla J. Baumel and Nichole J. Carter tried the case.

 

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