Aug. 19 sentencing for Kamiah man in fed assault case

COEUR D’ALENE – Sentencing is set Aug. 19 in federal court for a Kamiah man convicted this month on five counts of assaulting law enforcement officers during a 2012 incident.

Robert Wesley Warden, 49, was charged with assaulting a Kamiah marshal and two Nez Perce Tribal officers during a Sept. 15, 2012, investigation into a reported assault by the defendant on a woman in front of her child. At the trial, evidence was Warden refused to cooperate with law enforcement, and during his arrest he spit on officers and attempted to bite and kick them.

Warden elected to have the assault charged heard by the court, without a jury.

The court found the defendant’s allegation of lack of jurisdiction by the Kamiah Marshall’s Office was not a defense to the assault and that the KMO officer was reasonably there in response to a 911 call.

Each assault conviction is punishable by imprisonment for not more than six months, a fine of not more than $5000.   

The case was investigated by the Kamiah Marshals Office, Nez Perce Tribal Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

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