Red Lake Man Sentenced for Assaulting Victim With an Axe Handle

By KBJR News 1

Red Lake Man Sentenced for Assaulting Victim With an Axe Handle

August 13, 2013 Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A 48 year old Red Lake, MN man has been sentenced to almost nine years behind bars for assaulting another man with an axe handle.

On Monday, United States District Judge John R. Tunheim sentenced Joseph William Howard, Jr. to 105 months on one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Howard plead guilty back in May. In his plea agreement, Howard admitted that on January 13, 2012, he assaulted a man at a Redby, MN residence in Beltrami County.

According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, authorities were called to the residence, located on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Officials say the victim's face had been severely beaten and lacerated. The victim suffered multiple fractures, and his left eye was so badly damaged that it had to be surgically removed. Authorities also found blood splattered on the bed and walls in the room where the victim was staying.

A bloody axe handle was uncovered behind the dryer in the utility room.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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