Federal jury convicts Ponsford man for violent White Earth assault

A Ponsford man faces up to 10 years in prison after a federal jury convicted him on two counts of assault.

The evidence showed that 22-year-old Wesley Robert Warren was in a fight on the White Earth Reservation on June 3, 2020, with Warren and another man knocking out the victim.

Once the fight was over and the victim was lying face down on the ground, Warren picked up a 42-pound cinderblock and dropped it on the back of the victim’s head.

The victim was hospitalized for several weeks due to brain trauma and was later transferred to a long-term care facility.

After a four-day trial, Warren was convicted for assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Sentencing has not yet been scheduled, and in addition to the 10 years in prison, Warren faces a maximum fine of $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release on each count.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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