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Former Chippewa Cree Police Officer Sentenced For Assault & Battery; Appeals Sentence Immediately

A former Chippewa Cree police lieutenant received a one-month jail sentence on Monday for assault and battery. Meanwhile, Kyle LaFromboise is appealing the matter, delaying the sentence until the appeal is resolved.

A jury found LaFromboise guilty of beating a man April 22 who was with his former girlfriend at the time. LaFromboise’s jury trial ended Dec. 5.

Chippewa Cree Tribal Court Special Judge Andrew Huff handed LaFromboise a sentence of 120 days in jail, 90 days of it suspended for an April 22 assault. LaFromboise will be on probation for another six months, plus he must complete 40 hours of community service, complete chemical dependency and anger management evaluations, and abstain from alcohol and drugs.

Tribal Appellate Judge Joel Rosette can ultimately deny the appeal or schedule a hearing for it.

LaFromboise was also charged with domestic violence and breaking and entering. The jury found him innocent on those counts.

According to tribal court documents, another former tribal police officer, Cody LaMere, was present at the time and took part in the April 22 attack. On Dec. 5, a jury found LaMere innocent of all charges.

Despite LaMere’s exoneration, both men were suspended from the police force shortly after the charges became official. Officials charged them last April and May. Chippewa Cree Police Chief Larry Bernard told The Havre Herald on Dec. 20 that LaFromboise and LaMere no longer work for the Chippewa Cree Police Department, located on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation.

“They’re done,” Bernard said. “Yup, they’re not coming back.”

The public affairs director for Department of the Interior Indian Affairs, Nedra Darling, told The Herald in May that when tribal police concluded its investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services Internal Affairs Division would conduct an administrative investigation.


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