Ida Mae Sam, 56, a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, was found guilty in U.S. District Court  last week on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon in the Pearl River community,  U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze said.

A jury returned the guilty verdict against Sam for assaulting another Choctaw member with a deadly weapon (a knife) on April 25, 2015, causing three separate stab wounds to the right forearm of the victim.

Sam will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette, III, on Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Choctaw Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Erin Chalk and Keesha Middleton.