Former Turtle Mountain councilman sentenced for assault

Minot, North Dakota (AP) 3-08

A former Turtle Mountain tribal councilman has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison for assaulting the tribe’s personnel director.

Douglas Delorme, 38, of Belcourt, also was ordered to pay about $4,000, mainly for medical expenses, the U.S. attorney’s office said .

Delorme was convicted last December of a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He was acquitted of a witness tampering charge.

Authorities said Delorme got upset with Simon LaRocque, a personnel director for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, after one of Delorme’s supervisors recommended firing him as a fitness trainer.

Delorme attacked LaRocque with his fists and kicked him last June 2, when LaRocque stopped at Delorme’s home to retrieve a tool, leaving LaRocque with a suffered a broken nose, a broken cheek bone and post-concussion syndrome, prosecutors said.

Delorme was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland.

Delorme pleaded guilty in 2003 to charges of embezzlement from the tribe, witness tampering and subornation of perjury – offenses that occurred while he was a tribal councilman, the U.S. attorney’s office said. He was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to repay $7,800 in that case, prosecutors said.