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Robert Fool Bear

Robert Fool Bear Sr., former chairman of Cannon Ball District, speaks at a district meeting in January.


Robert Fool Bear Sr. has filed a notice to appeal his conviction on child sex crimes.

The former Cannon Ball district chairman submitted his notice earlier this month. A jury convicted him in April of two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and one each of attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child and incest. 

Chief Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Fool Bear, 55, on Oct. 6 to the mandatory minimum of 30 years in federal prison with eligibility of release after 25 years.

Defense attorney Kent Morrow said he is reviewing the trial transcript to write a brief for submission to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

"I just received the transcript on Friday, reviewed it over the weekend and will isolate issues and work on a brief," Morrow said.

It's unclear where Fool Bear is currently located. Carey Goetz, his previous attorney, had requested he be incarcerated as close to North Dakota as possible.

Morrow said he didn't know his client's location but did speak with him at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center; however, jail records do not indicate him there.

Staff of the McLean County Jail and Stutsman County Correction Center said Fool Bear was at both locations until recently, but was transported last week by the U.S. Marshals from the Jamestown facility.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons website lists him as not in BOP custody. Phone calls Monday afternoon to the U.S. Marshals in Bismarck and Fargo went unanswered.

The North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation does not list him as an inmate either.

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