Red Lake man sentenced 33 months for assault

A Red Lake man was sentenced to over two years in federal prison for an assault that resulted in serious injuries.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 20-year-old Devin Sumner and the victim were in a relationship. On March 10, 2022, Sumner became angry at the victim and began assaulting her by slapping and punching her in the car.

During the assault, Sumner grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun and repeatedly hit the victim on the hands and body with it.

The victim sustained numerous injuries including a broken and fractured hand, multiple lacerations and bruises, all of which necessitated emergency medical treatment and eventually surgery.

Sumner pleaded guilty to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury on Feb. 9.

In handing down the sentence, Chief Judge Patrick J. Schiltz emphasized the need to deter the “epidemic of violence against Native American women, both on and off the reservation.”

The case was investigated by the Red Lake Police Department and FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force.

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