Man sentenced to 6 years in prison for assaulting woman on Standing Rock Indian Reservation

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — A Fort Yates man accused in an attack that left a woman hospitalized and on a ventilator has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Ryan Thunderhawk is charged in federal court with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He pleaded guilty in October.

Witnesses say the victim was knocked unconscious three separate times in last summer's attack on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The woman suffered a broken nose and several facial fractures.

A judge says restitution in the case will be determined next month.

A federal public defender was not available for comment.

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