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Fed court finds Kamiah man guilty on 2013 officer assault

COEUR D’ALENE – A September sentencing date is set for Kamiah resident Paul Lee Oatman, 33, who was convicted last week by a federal jury in Coeur d’Alene for assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

During the four-day trial, the jury heard evidence that on July 13, 2013, the defendant assaulted a Kamiah Marshal and fractured his jaw in two places. The marshal was attempting to arrest a friend of the defendant, when the defendant interfered and struck the marshal in the jaw. The conviction was handed down June 26.

Oatman faces up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, and up to three years of supervised release. Sentencing is set for Sept. 15, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.

The case was investigated by Nez Perce Tribal Police, Idaho County Sheriff’s Department, Lewis County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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