Mandaree man pleads guilty to assaulting officers

Staff reports

James Yellow Wolf, 41, of Mandaree, N.D., pleaded guilty on June 27 to two counts of assaulting and resisting a federal officer in United States District Court.

On March 10, 2011, Yellow Wolf appeared in Fort Berthold Tribal Court in New Town for an arraignment on local offenses. Yellow Wolf was escorted to the court appearance by corrections officers.

During the court appearance, Yellow Wolf became upset and demanded to be returned to the jail. When the corrections officers intervened, Yellow Wolf pushed an officer, causing the officer to fall to the floor.

Yellow Wolf was taken to the floor, where Yellow Wolf wrestled with the officers until he was secured.

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

Sentencing for Yellow Wolf has been scheduled for September 26 in Minot.