North Dakota man slits throat in court after conviction in criminal case

A shocking scene unfolded in a Fargo, North Dakota federal courthouse on Monday when a man who had just been found partially guilty in a criminal case rose from the defendant’s table and fatally slit his own throat, as Fox News reported.

According to Native News Online, just minutes after he learned his fate, Jeffrey Sahl Ferris, 54, used a plastic letter opener to produce the deadly, self-inflicted, ear-to-ear wound. Ferris’ tragic act came immediately on the heels of a decision from U.S. District Judge Peter Welte to decline his request for a 24-hour release before returning to custody.

Early reports did not identify Ferris by name, but a review of the Monday docket at the Quentin N. Burdick Courthouse revealed that his matter was the only case scheduled at the time of the event.

Though the jury had already departed the courtroom at the time of the incident, the judge, court staff, and others did witness the event, with one person describing a grisly scene in which Ferris “turned around and you could see the inside of his neck,” as the New York Post noted. Despite the efforts of security officers and federal marshals to render life-saving aid, Ferris died at the scene.

Ferris had reportedly been convicted in connection to a crime committed on the Turtle Mountain Indiana Reservation in the north central part of the state in 2019, and while earlier state terrorizing charges were dismissed, he was in court on Monday pursuant to federal charges that resulted in his conviction.

While Ferris was not an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, he was reportedly a descendant of the tribe, and he previously worked as an emergency medical technician for Turtle Mountain’s Belcourt community.

The now-deceased defendant had been accused of chasing a number of youth near his home, doing so in a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed while in possession of a handgun, as Native News Online noted.

During that pursuit, one of the youngsters crashed his bicycle, at which point Ferris aimed his gun at the minor and threatened his life if he returned to the location.

Reports suggest that as a result of his conviction on the federal charges, Ferris was facing no less than seven years in prison for using a firearm near a minor, a prospect which he apparently felt was simply too daunting to accept.

 
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  3. GREETINGS……INDIAN RESERVATION WOULD BE CORRECT. RESERVATIONS ARE SOVEREIGN NATIONS UNDER NATIVE LAWS. I BELIEVE ONLY HOT PURSUIT LAWS APPLY TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OUTSIDE THE RESERVATION. EVER HEARD OF PEOPLE PROTECTING THEIR OWN PROPERTY??? WELL THE SOCIAL / MORAL / AND IMMORAL LAWS ARE A BIT DIFFERNT ON THE RES !! MOST ANYTHING GOES FROM ILLEGAL DRUGS, TO LET YOUR MIND WANDER…TRAFICKING OF YOUTH…TO WHATEVER ELSE !! THE RES. IS A PLACE OF SAFETY?????FOR THE NATIVES WHO RETURN QUITE OFTEN TO THEIR HOME PLACES. LIKE ANY ONE ELSE BROUGHT UP IN THE GHETTO…THE NATIVES ARE NO DIFFERENT !! A FEW MAKE IT OFF THE RES. AND MOST DO NOT. NATIVE LIVES MATTER…..WHY DO THEY NOT PROTEST…PERHAPS THEY ARE MORE DISCRIMNATED AGAINGST THAN ANY OTHER DIALECT OF SKIN COLOR !! AFTER ALL…THE NATIVES OWN AMERICA AND WERE HERE LONG BEFORE THE WHITE MAN !!!! THE MAN WANTED TO GO HOME AND TAKE CARE OF DAY CARE ISSUES FOR HIS CHILD FOR 24 HOURS B 4 PRISON. JUDGE EVIDENTLY DENIED THE RREQUEST !! SEE ANY OF THESE ISSUES IN THE WHITE POPULATION IN AMERICA….SPEC. OUR CONSTITUTION ENCROACHMENT???? GO FIGURE THE OLD ROOSTER OF THE FAR FETCHED

  4. bidens r rapist are you really as stupid as your post? The judges are mostly democrats today and care less about law. DA are nothing more than over paid lawyers who know how to lie better than Biden and Harris. The lawyers that are defenders tell their clients to lie under oath if it will help get them off. In a nut shell the courts are nothing more than little congresses all over the country.

  5. What had led up to him chasing the kids? Was he defending his own property? Federal government rules are WAY different than for those not on a reservation. Would he have had a righjt to do what he did if not on the reservation?

    1. I’m not. the judge and prosecutor should have to visit every single person they convict every month. Farther any person found innocent later should be paid by the judge, prosecutor and police to not only restore them to their former status but exceed it by 50%. If the persecutors and judges had to person witness and financially be involved in their sentencing they would be a lot of thorough about they jobs.

      Persecutors just want wins at all cost and judges just want paychecks. most judges are bigoted against conservatives and they should have their courtrooms tracks for lax or low energy management.

      1. Wow. Are you sure you know how a trial works? The jury decides if a person is guilty or not guilty; not the judge and not either of the attorneys (both sides). As far as attorneys go – all of them want to win no matter what side they are on, There is also an old saying – don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. I’m not sorry the guy killed himself, it’s as stupid as what he did to be convicted of the crime. Instead of doing his 7 years (possibly less), he is dead. At least the tax payers won’t have to support him anymore. While prison isn’t a picnic, it’s a whole lot better than what our homeless have to deal with and they didn’t commit any crimes.

        1. No Ginger, that is not how it works. Every been charged with a serious crime you never commited? Have a crooked Judge and Leftists for Prosecutors? I have! And Judges set the rules of EVIDENCE ALLOWED INTO THE CASE FOR THE JURY TO HEAR! This whole system is RIGGED! You don’t understand how it REALLY works! You think, just maybe this is what happened to this man? I don’t know and neither do you! So until you REALLY know what you are talking about like I do, remain Silent!

          1. Also, depending on the circumstances sometimes the judge is the final arbiter. For certain levels of crime and in various jurisdictions the person on trial can request a judge or a jury. We all hope and wish for fair trials but there are no guarantees and judges and juries, being human, can be corrupt, politically motivated, bribed or just simply make mistakes.

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