Fort Yates man pleads guilty to sex assault; faces life in prison at sentencing

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — Authorities say a Fort Yates man has pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon says 27-year-old Austin Agard sexually assaulted an individual incapable of consenting to sexual activity.

Purdon says the assault happened in December 2013 on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation that straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota border.

Sentencing for Agard is set for Dec. 1 in Bismarck.

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