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Man sentenced to 60 years for Spirit Lake gun assault, shooting ex-girlfriend in face

FARGO--A Spirit Lake man will spend 60 years behind bars related to a gun assault and for shooting his ex-girlfriend in the face. Dakota James Charboneau, 24, is also accused in a separate case of murdering a woman in 2016. Court documents said C...

Dakota Charboneau
Dakota James Charboneau

FARGO-A Spirit Lake man will spend 60 years behind bars related to a gun assault and for shooting his ex-girlfriend in the face.

Dakota James Charboneau, 24, is also accused in a separate case of murdering a woman in 2016.

Court documents said Charboneau allegedly beat two men with the butt of his gun on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation on Oct. 22, 2017. An affidavit also said he allegedly fired off several rounds and held the men against their will at a house after beating them.

The men were both treated at the hospital for injuries, and Charboneau hid from police, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for North Dakota.

On Nov. 20, 2017, Charboneau shot his former girlfriend in the face with a shotgun, according to the release. She survived but lost her eye.

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Officials arrested him Dec. 1, 2017, after a high-speed chase through three North Dakota counties, the release said.

In June, a jury convicted Charboneau for beating the two men. He pleaded guilty Monday to the shooting. U.S. District Judge James M. Moody sentenced him to serve 60 years in prison with five years of supervised release afterward.

Charboneau also was charged in June for the 2016 death of 27-year-old Carla Jovon Yellowbird, of Mandan, N.D.

Court documents said Suna Felix Guy, of Fort Totten, N.D., drove Yellowbird to the Spirit Lake reservation to sell drugs on Aug. 23, 2016. Guy and Charboneau made plans on Facebook to rob her, records said.

The next day, the trio drove a camper to Charboneau's home and met up with Daylin Takendrick St. Pierre, documents said. Charboneau allegedly instructed St. Pierre, 21, of Devils Lake, to get a firearm from a vehicle and leave with Guy to rob Yellowbird in a remote location, according to court documents.

St. Pierre shot and killed Yellowbird during the robbery, court records said.

He allegedly dragged her body into a thicket of brush on the side of the road and returned to Charboneau's residence, records said. St. Pierre gave Charboneau the drugs and money, and court documents say they cleaned the car and burned St. Pierre's clothing and Yellowbird's personal belongings.

St. Pierre, Guy and Charboneau are all charged for murder. If convicted, they could face life in prison.

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