Wrigley sentences Belcourt man to life in prison on sex abuse charges


United States Attorney Drew Wrigley announced that Myron Jay Azure, age 51 of Belcourt, has been sentenced to serve life in prison for two counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of Children.

Azure pled guilty to both counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse on February 14, 2020, and was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge Peter D. Welte on June 15, 2020. 

“The children whom Azure sexually abused will always know that the justice system stood firmly at their side and fought to ensure that this defendant will never again hurt another child,” said US Attorney Drew Wrigley. “Justice has been done." 

Between October 2014 and January 2017, Azure abused one of the two child victims on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. While that investigation was pending, between May 2019 and August 2019, Azure sexually abused a second child. 

Both children were under the age of 12 at the time of Azure’s sexual abuse. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lori H. Conroy.