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Sentence issued for assault on peace officer

Karleon T. Gregory

A Minot man was sentenced to serve one year in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after pleading guilty to simple assault on a peace officer, a Class C felony.

Karleon Trevilshlique Gregory, 25, Minot, was charged in connection with an incident in February of 2023, and initially pleaded not guilty before entering a change of plea in North Central District Court on Tuesday.

According to court documents, Sheriff’s Department deputies were attempting to carry out a court order while Gregory was incarcerated at the Ward County Jail. Gregory, who uses a wheelchair, refused to comply with verbal commands requiring officers to physically move him from his bed to his wheelchair. Gregory resisted and began swinging at the officers and attempting to bite them. One deputy was struck in the face by Gregory during the struggle, resulting in a broken nose.

District Judge Richard Hagar sentenced Gregory to two years in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, with credit for 365 days already served. Hagar ordered Gregory to complete an anger management course and assessed $1,112.91 in court fines, fees and restitution. Hagar waived $975 in criminal administration and indigent recoupment fees.

Gregory was facing a second charge of simple assault of a peace officer in a separate proceeding for an incident in August 2023 and was scheduled for a jury trial in May. According to court documents Gregory was charged with allegedly attacking a corrections officer as staff were attempting to enter his cell to remove toilet paper covering the window and security camera. Despite court documents indicating the incident was captured by security cameras and the victim exhibiting scratches to his face and arms, an order to dismiss the Class C felony charge without prejudice was signed by District Judge Gary Lee on Wednesday due to lack of evidence.

Gregory previously was found guilty in a third case after a trial in December for a July 2022 incident in which he broke a Minot Police officer’s hand while resisting arrest.The jury acquitted Gregory on charges of aggravated assault and attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer during the same incident.

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