Rugby man accused of assaulting federal officer pleads guilty to 2 counts in federal court

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FARGO, North Dakota — A North Dakota man has pleaded guilty to an assault that injured a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer.

Brandon Belgarde, of Rugby, pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon, and assaulting and resisting a federal officer. In exchange for the deal, a third charge of damage to government property will be dismissed at sentencing.

Authorities say Belgarde rammed his vehicle into a BIA vehicle during a November 2014 traffic stop.

Belgarde faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison on the two counts. Sentencing is set for Nov. 9 in Bismarck.

A federal public defender could not be reached for comment.

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