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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of North Dakota

For Immediate Release

April 23, 2012

Timothy Q. Purdon, United States Attorney

Contact: Beth Lang
(701) 530-2420

New Town Man Sentenced for Burglary & Gun Charges

BISMARCK – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced on April 20, 2012, Troy K. Yazzie Jr., 21, of New Town, N.D., was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on charges of burglary and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Yazzie pleaded guilty to the charges on August 16, 2010.

Judge Hovland sentenced Yazzie to three years and four months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Yazzie was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

On April 14, 2010, in the New Town area, Yazzie went to a residence looking for a person. Yazzie entered the residence without knocking and without permission and began searching for that person. Yazzie found a man sleeping on the couch, woke him and pointed a 9mm pistol at him. The victim was not the man Yazzie intended to find. The case was investigated by the Three Affiliated Tribes Police Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Fort Berthold Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Volk prosecuted the case.