A Mandaree man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for physical and sexual assaults last year.

Chief US District Court Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Kalolo Nathaniel Iu, 28, to 17 years and six months for sexual abuse as well as 10 years for attempted tampering with a witness, to be served concurrently, U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers said Tuesday.

A jury convicted Iu in June. He will serve five years supervised release for the sexual abuse and three years supervised release for the tampering crime.

The charges stemmed from Iu beating and sexually assaulting a woman on the Fort Berthold Reservation in November. He was arrested for sexual abuse in March.

He also reportedly tried to intimidate and threaten the woman to lie to investigators and drop the charges.

Iu was convicted previously in federal court for physical assault against the woman.

The FBI investigated the case which Assistant US Attorney Jonathan O'Konek prosecuted.

Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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