Plea Deal in Sexual Assault case in Burleigh County

A Bismarck man accused of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 5 pled guilty.
Michael Pickell, reached a plea deal today.

His jury trial was scheduled to start today before he reached the deal.
Pickell, pled guilty, by Alford plea, which means he admits there’s enough evidence to convict him, but he is not admitting guilt for the crime.

Pickell was sentenced to 30 days in jail, and two years of supervised probation.
The charge was lowered from A felony Gross Sexual Imposition to a B misdemeanor sexual assault charge.

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