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Winnebago men sentenced to prison for sexual assaults

The ruling handed down last week reversed an opinion from U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill, who said federal courts didn't have jurisdiction to enforce a ruling from the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Court against non-tribal members, Boise State Public Radio reported. The appellate court disagreed.
The ruling handed down last week reversed an opinion from U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill, who said federal courts didn't have jurisdiction to enforce a ruling from the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Court against non-tribal members, Boise State Public Radio reported. The appellate court disagreed.(KMVT)
Published: Aug. 27, 2019 at 7:13 PM CDT
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Federal prosecutors for Nebraska say two members of the Omaha Nation have been sentenced to federal prison for sexual assault.

Prosecutors say 36-year-old Michael Aldrich was sentenced Monday in Omaha's federal courthouse to eight years behind bars. He had earlier pleaded guilty to sexual assault by force or threat.

Investigators say in June 2018, Aldrich spotted an intoxicated woman who walking, took her to a secluded area and sexually assaulted her.

In the other case, 18-year-old Russell Morrison was sentenced Monday five years in federal prison for sexually assaulting a minor on the reservation. Investigators say Morrison gave the minor alcohol, then sexually assaulted her once she was intoxicated.

Both men will have to register as sex offenders upon their release from prison.

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