Man accused of attacking Rolette County Deputy changes plea

ROLLA, N.D. – A Dunseith man accused of attacking a Rolette County deputy last February will avoid a trial after changing his plea, according to the Rolette County Clerk of Court’s office.

Investigators say that 33-year-old Michael Marion struck a deputy with a pair of brass knuckles during an attempted traffic stop. They say Marion later fought with the deputy over the officer’s gun and fired it off multiple times.

No one was struck by a bullet, but the officer suffered broken ribs in the scrum.

Marion pleaded guilty to four felony counts Monday. In exchange, the prosecution agreed to amend an A-felony attempted murder charge to B-felony aggravated assault of a police officer.

The state also agreed to dismiss two misdemeanor counts.

Marion will be sentenced April 9.