Belcourt man pleads guilty to assaulting federal officer

Staff reports

On June 6, 2011, Edward J. Allery, 29, of Belcourt, N.D., pleaded guilty in United States District Court to a charge of assaulting and resisting a federal officer.

On March 1, 2011, a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer attempted to restrain and arrest Allery because of a DUI investigation.

Allery was not compliant with the officer’s requests, and Allery then assaulted the officer causing bodily injury.  

A second officer responded to the incident and successfully used his taser to subdue Allery.

The charge of assaulting and resisting a federal officer carries a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing for Allery has been scheduled for September 13 in Bismarck.