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Fort Berthold Indian Reservation officer sentenced to 15 months for roughing up 2 suspects

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — A former officer on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for roughing up suspects during two separate arrests.

A jury in April convicted Lindrith Tsoodle on two counts of using excessive force and one count of making false statements. He was acquitted of tampering with a witness.

Authorities say in one case Tsoodle twisted the neck of a handcuffed suspect, threw him to the ground and kneed him in the stomach. In the other case he allegedly tightened the handcuffs on a suspect, slammed him against the wall, used pepper spray and struck the man with his hands and a baton.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on Monday sentenced Tsoodle to 15 months in prison and two years of supervised release.

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