United States v. Jackson, No. 11-3718 (8th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Defendant, an Indian, was charged with brutally assaulting the victim in a town within the original boundaries of the Red Lake Indian Reservation. The district court denied defendant's motion to dismiss the indictment, concluding as a matter of law that the alleged assault occurred within the boundaries of the Reservation and therefore in "Indian country." The court concluded that the district court made its Indian country ruling on an inadequate record and remanded with directions to permit defendant to withdraw his guilty plea. Therefore, the court need not address defendant's additional contention that his sentence was substantively unreasonable.