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Two Red Lake men indicted in federal court for alleged assaults

Two Red Lake men were indicted Tuesday in federal court in unrelated cases that involved assaults on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Ronald Dean Oakgrove Sr., 42, was charged with one count of maiming and one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Paul Robert Jones, 34, was charged with one count of assault with intent to murder, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and three counts of first-degree burglary.

According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Frank J. Magill, Oakgrove is accused of intending to torture, maim and disfigure, and pour scalding water and food upon his alleged victim.

Oakgrove grabbed a pot of boiling water, grease and beef and dumped it on his victim's head before leaving while saying, "I hope you die," according to a FBI affidavit, the press release states.

The victim sustained third-degree burns to her head, shoulders, arms and back, according to the release. Oakgrove was arrested Dec. 16 by the Red Lake Department of Public Safety.

Jones is accused of assaulting a victim with intent to commit murder with a knife and without just cause or an excuse, according to the release.

An FBI affidavit states at about 1:10 a.m. Nov. 26, a victim told the Red Lake police department that she was lying down with her young child and another child was playing video games in the bedroom when she saw Jones' face in the window, according to the release.

Jones entered the bedroom and stabbed the woman until she was able to crawl into another room for help, according to the release. She sustained severe lacerations to her left arm, forearm, mouth, chest and right hand.

If convicted, Oakgrove faces a maximum penalty of 20 years on the maiming count and 10 years on the assault count.

If convicted, Jones faces a maximum penalty of 20 years for the assault count with intent to murder, 10 years each for the other assault counts and 20 years on each of the burglary counts.