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MINOT (AP) - A former Turtle Mountain tribal councilman has been convicted of assaulting the tribe's personnel director and acquitted of witness tampering, federal prosecutors say.

The U.S. attorney's office said Douglas Delorme, 38, of Belcourt, was convicted by a federal jury Thursday on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Authorities said Delorme got upset with Simon LaRocque, a personnel director for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, after one of Delorme's supervisors recommended firing him as a fitness trainer. Delorme attacked LaRocque with his fists and kicked him last June 2, when LaRocque stopped at Delorme's home to retrieve a tool, authorities said.

LaRocque suffered a broken nose, a broken cheek bone and post-concussion syndrome, prosecutors said.

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A sentencing date on the assault charge was not immediately set. It carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Delorme pleaded guilty in 2003 to charge of embezzlement from the tribe, witness tampering and subornation of perjury - offenses that occurred while he was a tribal councilman, the U.S. attorney's office said. He was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to repay $7,800 in that case, prosecutors said.

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