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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Man pleads guilty to robbing church, beating two women

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  • Lionel R. Jewett, 21, of Fort Yates, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Aug. 20 on two counts of burglary, a count of assault with intent to commit murder, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. On March 30, 2011, Jewett and a co-defendant broke into a garage owned by the Catholic church in Fort Yates and took a vehicle, tools and some money. Jewett also admitted to his involvement with a burglary at the church on October 15, 2011, in which tools were stolen. In a separate incident on January 16, 2012, Jewett attacked two women in the Fort Yates area. Jewett assaulted the first woman by using a garden hoe and a fence post pounder. Jewett also kicked the first woman and a second woman while wearing shoes. Sentencing for Jewett has been scheduled for Dec. 10.

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