Tribal Justice News (Major Criminal Prosecutions on the Reservations)


TRIBAL JUSTICE NEWS

Jan. 27, 2012

Contact: Wyn Hornbuckle, Office of Public Affairs (202) 514-2007

 

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PUBLIC SAFETY INITIATIVES IN INDIAN COUNTRY

 

Task Force To Examine Children’s Exposure To Violence In Rural And Tribal Communities (U.S. Department of Justice - www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/)

 

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence will hold its second public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Vincent E. Griego Council Chambers at One Civic Plaza, N.W. Albuquerque, N.M.

 

The task force will gather testimony on the epidemic of children’s exposure to violence from nationally recognized experts and members of the Albuquerque community. Hearing speakers include Associate Attorney General Thomas G. Perrelli, U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales, Task Force Co-chairs Joe Torre and Robert Listenbee, task force members as well as Albuquerque and regional residents who have experienced family, community and other types of violence. 

 

The task force, a key part of the Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative, held its first hearing in Baltimore in November 2011.  Additional information on the task force, its hearings and the Defending Childhood Initiative is available at: www.justice.gov/defendingchildhood/task-force.html.

 

 

Justice Department Announces Grant Solicitation for Funding to Federally-Recognized Tribes and Tribal Consortia (U.S. Department of Justice)

 

$ 101.4 Million Available Through the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

 

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Jan. 18, 2012, that the comprehensive grant solicitation for funding to support improvements to public safety, victim services and crime prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native communities was posted at www.justice.gov/tribal/open-sol.html. All materials are now accessible for review. The Community Partnerships Grants Management System will begin accepting electronic applications on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.

 

A total of more than $101.4 million is available through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) and is administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The funding can be used to conduct comprehensive planning, enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, support and enhance tribal efforts to prevent and control delinquency and strengthen the juvenile justice system, prevent youth substance abuse,  serve victims of crimes like domestic violence and sexual assault, and support other efforts to combat crimes. To view the fact sheet on the FY 2012 CTAS, visit www.justice.gov//tribal/ctas2012/ctas-factsheet.pdf.

 

The deadline for submitting applications in response to this grant announcement is 9:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

 

 

GANGS

 

Sweeping Racketeering Indictment Charges Alleged Members Of The Native Mob (U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota)

 

A federal indictment charges 24 alleged members of the Native Mob gang with conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity and other crimes. The Native Mob is a regional criminal gang that originated in Minneapolis in the early 1990s. Members routinely engage in drug trafficking, assault, robbery and murder. Membership is estimated at 200, with new members, including juveniles, regularly recruited from communities with large, young, male, Native American populations.    The indictment alleges that since at least the mid-1990s, the defendants named in this case and others have conspired to conduct criminal activity through an “enterprise,” namely, the Native Mob, in violation of the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). 

 

Gang members are alleged to have distributed illegal drugs, from crack cocaine to ecstasy, and are also charged with numerous charges including violent assaults, firearms violations, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, among other charges.  If convicted, the defendants face a potential maximum sentence of between 20 years and life in federal prison. 

 

The case is the result of a long-term, cross-jurisdictional investigation conducted by local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement officers dedicated to making our streets and communities safer. 

 

For more information, visit www.justice.gov/usao/mn/nativemobindictment.html.

 

 

PUBLIC CORRUPTION

 

Spirit Lake Tribal Officer Found Guilty of Theft from an Indian Tribal Organization (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota - www.justice.gov/usao/nd/)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Jan. 25, 2012, Justin Yankton, 38, of Fort Totten, N.D., was found guilty by a 12-person jury of theft and embezzlement from an Indian Tribal organization. U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson presided over the two-day trial. Yankton and Brooke Black shared a residence in Fort Totten. Brooke Black applied to receive benefits meant for the low income and poverty level homes of the reservation. In that application, Black omitted the name and income of Yankton. Because of this omission, the home qualified to receive home heating financial assistance. Justin Yankton, as the secretary/treasurer of the Spirit Lake Tribal Council, knew the household was improperly receiving fuel assistance and at times actually ordered fuel to be delivered under Black’s account. The incidents occurred from October 2008 through March 2011 on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. The charge carries a statutory maximum penalty of five years in prison.

 

Black, 29, an employee with the Food Distribution Program, pleaded guilty on Jan. 26, 2012, to a charge of theft and embezzlement from an Indian Tribal organization.

 

 

VIOLENT CRIME PROSECUTION

 

Peach Springs Man Indicted on Assault and Firearm Charges (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona - www.justice.gov/usao/az/)

Acting U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel announced that on Jan. 24, 2012, a federal grand jury in Phoenix returned a five-count indictment against Cooper Price Susanyatame, 19, of Peach Springs, Ariz. The indictment charges Susanyatame with violations of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, use of a firearm in a crime of violence, and possession of an unregistered firearm. The allegations in the indictment stem from the previously filed complaint, which alleges that on Dec. 25, 2011, on the Hualapai Nation Indian Reservation, Susanyatame fired a .22 caliber rifle through the window of a neighboring home, missing a juvenile victim who was playing outside near the window and striking an adult victim in the back of the head while she was standing in a hallway inside the home. The adult victim was airlifted to a Las Vegas Hospital, where the bullet was extracted from her scalp. If convicted for the assault and unregistered firearm offenses, Susanyatame faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentence for use of a firearm in a crime of violence must run consecutive to any other sentence, with a maximum penalty of life in prison.  

 

Box Elder Man Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana - www.justice.gov/usao/mt/)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on Jan. 26, 2012, Thompson Densmore St. Pierre, 21, of Box Elder, was sentenced to a term of 51 months, consecutive to another sentence, to be followed by three years of supervised release in connection with his guilty plea to assault with a dangerous weapon.  The assault, in which the victim was stabbed and beaten by several individuals including St. Pierre, took place near Box Elder, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation.

 

Christopher Max Dawes Sentenced In U.S. District Court (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on Jan. 25, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, Christopher Max Dawes, 33, of Browning, appeared for sentencing. Dawes was sentenced to a term of 28 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Dawes was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. On April 24, 2011, Dawes assaulted the victim, resulting in a broken jaw. The offense occurred at the Medicine Bear Shelter, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

 

Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota - www.justice.gov/usao/sd/)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, S.D., man charged with sexual abuse was sentenced on Jan. 23, 2012. Jerry Matthew Chasing Hawk, 52, was sentenced to 131 months in prison, five years of supervised release. Chasing Hawk was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2011, and was found guilty after a federal jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota, on October 19, 2011. The conviction relates to Chasing Hawk’s sexual abuse of an Eagle Butte woman on Aug. 8, 2009, in Fort Thompson, S.D.

       

Federal jury convicts Redby woman for being an accessory to violent Red Lake crime (U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota - www.justice.gov/usao/mn)

U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced that on Jan. 24, 2012 in federal court in Duluth, a jury found a 22-year-old Redby woman guilty of attempting to hide a suspect from federal agents. The jury convicted Jerilee Jane Head on one count of being an accessory after the fact. Head was indicted on March 8, 2011. According to the indictment and the evidence presented at trial, on Jan. 15, 2011, Head assisted her boyfriend, Donald Leigh Clark, Jr., in his attempt to allude authorities. Clark was hiding from law enforcement after being charged with the Nov. 3, 2010, killing of one man and the wounding of two others on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Clark was ultimately found hiding under a blanket in the back seat of Head’s vehicle, after Head had tried but failed to lure federal agents away from the car.

 

Heart Butte Man Sentenced for Assault (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana -www.justice.gov/usao/mt/)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that on Jan. 23, 2012, in federal court, Hiram Evans, a 28-year-old resident of Heart Butte, was sentenced to 27 months in custody to be followed by three years of supervised release. Evans was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to assault resulting in serious bodily injury, related to a January 2011 assault on the Blackfeet Reservation that resulted in the victim being airlifted to Kalispell. The victim’s injuries

included a punctured lung, broken rib and several lacerations to his face and head .

 

Ramah Navajo Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Assault Charge (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, Kerley K. Biggs, 22, entered a guilty plea to a federal assault with a deadly weapon charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office. Biggs pleaded guilty to a September 2010 assault on another Navajo man by beating him about the head and face with a metal expandable baton at Biggs' residence in Ramah, N.M.  As a result of the assault, the victim sustained a significant wound to the back of his head that required 12 staples to repair. Biggs faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.  

 

Eagle Butte Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Contact (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Daniel Red Horse, Jr., 41, of Eagle Butte, appeared in federal court on Jan. 19, 2012, and pleaded guilty to sexual contact.  The maximum penalty upon conviction is 2 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release. The conviction stems from a report on March 31, 2011, in which the Cheyenne River Sioux Department of Social Services received information that a minor had been sexually abused by Red Horse, Jr. in 2009. A forensic interview was completed, and the victim indicated that the abuse occurred while the victim was sleeping. Red Horse later admitted during an interview with an FBI agent that he sexually abused the victim while the victim was sleeping. A sentencing date was set for April 16, 2012.

 

Coushatta Tribal Member Pleads Guilty to Burglary Charges (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana - www.justice.gov/usao/law/)

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced on Jan. 19, 2012, that a member of the Coushatta Indian Tribe pleaded guilty to burglary charges in federal court in Lake Charles, La. Jordan Hawk John, 18, of Kinder, La., was charged in December 2011 with simple burglary. This case stems from an August 2011 break-in at the Coushatta Convenience Store in Elton, La. The defendant broke into the rear of the store and caused property damage totaling $244,999.00 when he set fire to the store. At sentencing, John faces a term of imprisonment of not more than 12 years.

 

Frazer man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Assault with Intent to Commit Murder (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on Jan. 12, 2012, Robin Roy Martell, a 35-year-old resident of Frazer, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Martell was sentenced after a federal district court trial in which he was found guilty of assault with the intent to commit murder, assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon. Starting on Aug. 4, 2010, and on the morning Aug. 5, 2010, Martell brutally assaulted the victim, including assaulting her with a three-foot metal bar, knocking her teeth out and biting off a portion of her ear off. 

 

Lodge Grass Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening a BIA Officer (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on Jan. 11, 2012, Roland Todd Brown, a 47-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, pleaded guilty to impeding a federal officer by threats. Sentencing has been set for April 11, 2012. He is currently detained. On June 21, 2011, Brown was arrested at his home in Lodge Grass. During the arrest, Brown resisted arrest and repeatedly threatened to assault and harm one of the arresting officers. Brown had to be tasered during the arrest. Brown faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

 

Lame Deer Man Sentenced to 20 Months in prison for Domestic Assault (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on Jan. 11, 2011, Fred Martin Belly Mule, Jr., a 35-year-old resident of Lame Deer, was sentenced to 20 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, having previously pleaded guilty to the charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.Belly Mule was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. On the evening of March 28, 2011, the victim was with Belly Mule at his residence in Lame Deer. Belly Mule was intoxicated and became angry. Belly Mule kicked the victim twice in the face and in the legs, punched the victim repeatedly with closed fists, dragged her around by the hair, and bit and choked her. 

 

FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

 

Walthill Man Sentenced for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender (U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska)

John R. Moniz, 33, of Walthill, Neb., was sentenced in federal court for failing to register as a sex offender. Moniz was sentenced to 30 months in prison. After his release from prison Moniz will be required to serve a five year term of supervised release. Moniz was convicted in tribal court on the Omaha Indian Reservation of rape. His tribal conviction requires him to register as a sex offender in Nebraska or any other jurisdiction in which he resides. Moniz lived in Walthill until March, 2011, when he moved to his girlfriend’s residence in Omaha. He did not notify the state of Nebraska that he had left the Omaha Reservation and moved to Omaha. He did not register as a sex offender at his new residence as required under state and federal law. 

 

Lower Brule Man Pleads Guilty to Failure to Register Eagle Thunder (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Glen Eagle Thunder, 37, of Lower Brule, appeared pleaded guilty on Jan. 24, 2012 to the indictment that charged him with failure to register as a sex offender. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a period of supervised release of a mandatory minimum term of five years up to a maximum of life. A sentencing date was set for March 26, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

 

For more information on Justice Department initiatives and programs in Indian Country visit the Tribal Justice and Safety Website:  www.justice.gov/tribal/.

 

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TRIBAL JUSTICE NEWS

Jan. 20, 2012

Contact: Wyn Hornbuckle, Office of Public Affairs (202) 514-2007

 

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PUBLIC SAFETY INITIATIVES IN INDIAN COUNTRY

 

Justice Department Announces Grant Solicitation for Funding to Federally-Recognized Tribes and Tribal Consortia (U.S. Department of Justice)

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Jan. 18, 2012, that the comprehensive grant solicitation for funding to support improvements to public safety, victim services and crime prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native communities was posted at www.justice.gov/tribal/open-sol.html. All materials are now accessible for review. The Community Partnerships Grants Management System will begin accepting electronic applications on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.

 

“We are committed to helping strengthen and sustain safe and healthy American Indian and Alaska Native communities with a funding process that is responsive and coordinated,” said Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli. “This effort to streamline the grant application process, with multiple purpose areas, offers tribes and tribal consortia an opportunity to develop a comprehensive and community-based approach to public safety and support for victims.”

 

A total of more than $101.4 million is available through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) and is administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The funding can be used to conduct comprehensive planning, enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, support and enhance tribal efforts to prevent and control delinquency and strengthen the juvenile justice system, prevent youth substance abuse, serve victims of crimes like domestic violence and sexual assault, and support other efforts to combat crimes. To view the fact sheet on the FY 2012 CTAS, visit www.justice.gov//tribal/ctas2012/ctas-factsheet.pdf.

 

The deadline for submitting applications in response to this grant announcement is 9:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

 

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon Named Vice-Chair of DOJ Native American Issues Subcommittee (www.justice.gov/usao/nd/)

South Dakota U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson, Chair of the Native America Issues Subcommittee (NAIS) of the Department of Justice’s Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, has announced the appointment of North Dakota U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon as vice-chair of the NAIS. 

 

In Bismarck, U.S. Attorney Purdon said, “I am humbled and honored that I have been asked to serve as the vice-chair of this committee. Improving public safety in reservation communities in North Dakota has been a top priority for me since I was confirmed as U.S. Attorney and my commitment to this cause has not wavered. I now look forward to working with my colleagues from across the country to address this critical issue at the national level.”

 

The NAIS is made up of 30 U.S. Attorneys from across the United States whose districts contain Indian Country or one or more federally recognized tribes. The NAIS focuses exclusively on Indian Country issues, both criminal and civil, and is responsible for making policy recommendations to the Attorney General of the United States regarding public safety and legal issues that impact tribal communities.

 

 

PUBLIC CORRUPTION

 

Fort Totten Men Plead Guilty to Corruption Charges (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Jan. 11, 2012, William Kazena, 67, and Martina Kazena, 66, of Fort Totten, N.D., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Chief Judge Ralph R. Erickson to charges of conspiracy to embezzle from an Indian tribal organization and aiding and abetting. Both defendants, as part of the conspiracy, pleaded guilty to willfully embezzling, stealing and misapplying property, moneys, funds and credits belonging to the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, a program administered by the Spirit Lake Tribe, Fort Totten, N.D.

 

Northern Arapaho Woman Sentenced for Embezzlement or Conversion of Monies from an Organization Receiving Federal Funds and Aiding and Abetting (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming)

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced that on Jan. 6, 2012, Melody St. Clair, 65, a former Northern Arapaho Department of Social Services Finance Administrator from the Wind River Indian Reservation, appeared in federal court. Having pleaded guilty to one count of embezzling or conversion of monies from an organization receiving federal funds and aiding and abetting, St. Clair was sentenced to five months in prison to be followed by two years probation. 

 

 

DRUG AND FIREARMS ENFORCEMENT

 

Former Chief of Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Sentenced to Prison for Drug Trafficking (U.S. Attorney for the District of Northern New York)

U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced that Phillip Tarbell, age 69, of Hogansburg, New York, was sentenced on Jan. 10, 2012, to 12 months in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release, and a $10,000 fine. Phillip Tarbell, a former chief of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, was initially arrested on Nov. 12, 2010, at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint located on New York State Route 9, in Essex County, N.Y. Tarbell was in possession of two hockey bags that contained 89.5 pounds of marijuana at the time of his arrest. On Feb. 7, 2011, Tarbell pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. On Nov. 3, 2011, while on federal supervision pending sentencing, DEA agents in southern New York arrested Tarbell for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute MDMA (ecstasy), a controlled substance, to an undercover agent. That arrest resulted in additional drug trafficking charges which remain pending in the Eastern District of New York.

 

Hardin Woman Pleads Guilty to Meth Conspiracy Charges (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana - www.justice.gov/usao/mt/)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on Jan.18, 2012, Nalayna Rose Bullinsight, 33, of Hardin, Mont., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for April 18, 2012. She is currently released on special condition. The Bureau of Indian Affairs Drug Enforcement Division has been involved in an ongoing investigation related to the distribution of methamphetamine in and around the Crow Indian Reservation. As part of that investigation, Bullinsight was identified as a distributor of methamphetamine.

 

Gila River Man Sentenced To Over Six Years for Selling Crack Cocaine (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona - www.justice.gov/usao/az/)

Joseph Kelly Molina, 35, of Sacaton, Ariz., and a member of the Gila River Indian Tribe, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison on Jan. 9, 2012. On Aug. 8, 2011, Molina pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base.  Between December 2007 and May 2009, during an undercover investigation on the Gila River Indian Reservation, Molina and his co-defendant, Darin James Kisto, conspired to sell, and did sell, cocaine base, to an undercover officer on multiple occasions. Kisto was sentenced on Oct. 24, 2011, to 87 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base.

   

Browning Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Meth Conspiracy (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced on Jan. 9, 2012, that William Frederick Heavyrunner, 20, of Browning, was sentenced to 132 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Heavyrunner was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. The conviction stems from an extensive investigation by the Blackfeet Safe Trails Task Force (BSTTF) and agents with the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) into large-scale methamphetamine trafficking in Kalispell and on the Blackfeet Reservation between early 2009 and the winter of 2011.   

 

Four McKinley County Residents Plead Guilty To Federal Drug Trafficking Offenses (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzalez announced that on Jan. 5, 2012, four McKinley County residents pleaded guilty to drug trafficking offenses in federal court in Albuquerque. The defendants were four of the nine defendants arrested on Oct. 18, 2010, as a result of a five-month investigation by the DEA and BIA initiated in May 2010 at the request of the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety (NNDPS) and for the purpose of combating the growing drug trafficking problem in and around the Navajo Indian Reservation.

 

Jason Jaramillo, 33, of Grants, N.M., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the federal drug laws, distribution of more than five grams of methamphetamine and distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Michael Goodson, 48, and Georgia Goodson, 37, both of Prewitt, N.M., each pleaded guilty seven counts of conspiracy to violate the federal drug laws, three separate distributions of marijuana; distribution of more than five grams of methamphetamine, distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and maintaining a place for the distribution of controlled substances. Gilbert Aragon, 34, of Grants, N.M., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the federal drug laws and distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.  

 

Each faces a mandatory minimum ten years of imprisonment and a maximum of life imprisonment when they are sentenced. The charges in the superseding indictment were the result of  “Operation Yé’iitsoh.” an investigation brought pursuant to the Native American Project, an initiative sponsored by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and is supported by the DEA’s Albuquerque District Office in partnership with the BIA and the NNDPS.  

 

 

VIOLENT CRIME PROSECUTION

 

Rosebud Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of Children from the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Two Separate Cases (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota -

www.justice.gov/usao/sd/)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Clarence Jeffrey Smith, aka Jeffrey Clarence Smith, 30, of Rosebud, S.D., appeared in federal court on Jan. 18, 2012. In two separate cases, Smith pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of children from the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.  In both cases, the maximum penalty upon conviction is life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

Eastern Shoshone Man Indicted for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming - www.justice.gov/usao/wy/)

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced today that Jerel Tillman, 18, an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, appeared in federal court on Jan. 19, 2012, after having been indicted on allegations of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm. Each charge carries a maximum term of 10 years in prison and fine of $250,000. A detention hearing and arraignment have been set for Jan. 24, 2012, in Lander, Wyo.

 

Northern Arapaho Woman Indicted for Involuntary Manslaughter (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming)

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced today that Michelle Crispin, 32, an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, appeared in federal court on Jan. 19, 2012, for an arraignment and detention hearing. Ms. Crispin has been charged by indictment with involuntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum potential punishment of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Ms. Crispin has pleaded not guilty to this charge and has been detained pending further proceedings. Trial in this matter has been set for March 26, 2012. 

 

Northern Arapaho Man Indicted for Assaulting a Federal Officer (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming)

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced today that William James Hanway Sr., 27, an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, appeared in federal court on Jan. 19, 2012, after having been indicted on one count of assaulting a federal officer in connection with an incident with a Wind River Police Department officer. The charge carries a maximum penalty of eight years in prison and fine of $250,000. Trial has been set for March 26, 2012, in Cheyenne, Wyo.

 

Men Plead Guilty in Assault Case (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota - www.justice.gov/usao/nd/)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Jan. 17, 2012, Virgil Standing Crow, 20, of Bismarck, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Lyle Red Tomahawk Jr., 21, of Fort Yates, N.D., pleaded guilty to a charge of aiding and abetting Virgil Standing Crow in the assault. On Aug. 14, 2011, Standing Crow and Red Tomahawk attacked the victim, with Standing Crow hitting him in the face numerous times, because the victim had befriended another person on Facebook. The victim suffered a fractured orbital bone, which required surgery to repair. The charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and the charge of aiding and abetting each carry a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

Gila River Man Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Involuntary Manslaughter (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

Acting U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel announced that Steven Burnette III, 41, of Sacaton, Ariz., was sentenced on Jan. 17, 2012, in federal court to 41 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Burnette pleaded guilty on Aug. 30, 2011, to the crime of involuntary manslaughter. On Dec. 3, 2010, Burnette drove his car, which contained three passengers, while intoxicated. Burnette drove in excess of 50 miles per hour on a dirt road on the Gila River Indian Community. After failing to stop for stop signs and driving erratically, Burnette crashed into a canal that he did not see. Burnette’s front seat passenger died as a result of the crash. 

 

Federal Jury Convicts Navajo Man From Arizona on Rape Charges (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico - www.justice.gov/usao/nm/)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that on Jan. 13, 2012, a federal jury convicted Derrick Ivan Jim, 29, a member of the Navajo Nation from Red Valley, Ariz., of two rape offenses after a five-day trial. At sentencing, Jim faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. Jim is in federal custody and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled. The evidence at trial established that Jim assaulted and forcibly raped a young woman on the Navajo Nation in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, 2010.    

 

St. Michael Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U. S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Jan. 13, 2012, Joseph Brown, Jr., of St. Michael, N.D., was sentenced in federal court on a charge of attempted aggravated sexual abuse. Brown was sentenced to life in prison to be followed by lifetime supervised release, in the event he should ever be released from custody. On Nov. 3, 2011, Brown, 59, was found guilty by a 12-person jury of attempting to rape a young woman while using force. The incident occurred on Aug. 18, 2009, at Brown’s rural farm on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. Because Brown had more than two previous convictions for serious violent crimes he faced a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison. 

 

Federal Jury Finds Man Guilty of Assaulting Woman on Bois Forte Indian Reservation District’s first “habitual offender” prosecution (U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones)

U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced that on Jan. 12, 2012, in Duluth, a federal jury convicted a 53-year-old man for the domestic assault of a woman on the Bois Forte Indian Reservation. Chris Neil Ferguson was found guilty of one count of domestic assault by a habitual offender. This is the first time the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota has prosecuted anyone under the federal “domestic assault by a habitual offender” law. Ferguson was indicted for this crime on Sept. 20, 2011. According to the indictment and the evidence presented at trial, on Dec. 19, 2009, Ferguson, a non-Indian who was residing in a halfway house, committed a domestic assault against the Indian victim while the couple was visiting others on the reservation. The victim sustained injuries to her face. Ferguson has five prior assault convictions, including convictions in St. Louis County for felony domestic assault (2008) and gross misdemeanor domestic assault (2002). For his crime, Ferguson faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison. 

 

Porcupine Man Sentenced to Imprisonment for Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Don Williams, 39, of Porcupine, S.D., charged with sexual abuse, was sentenced on Jan. 5, 2012, to six years in prison, and five years of supervised release. The charge relates to Williams engaging in a sexual act with a woman who was physically incapable of declining participation on Jan. 25, 2010, in Kyle, S.D.  Williams pleaded guilty to the charge of sexual abuse on Oct. 17, 2011.

 

Wakpala Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that on Jan.10, 2012, Justin Birdhorse, 34, of Wakpala, S.D., pleaded guilty to sexual abuse. The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both. The conviction was a result of an incident that occurred on Aug. 12, 2011. The defendant entered a residence in Wakpala, S.D., and went into the victim’s bedroom. The victim was asleep on her bed. The defendant then sexually assaulted her. A sentencing date was set for April 16, 2012.  

 

Red Lake man sentenced for sexually abusing a child (U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota)

U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced that a 22-year-old Red Lake man was sentenced for sexually abusing a minor female while on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis sentenced Byron Keith Kingbird, Jr., to 36 months in prison on one count of sexual abuse of a minor. Kingbird was indicted on May 2, 2011, and pleaded guilty on Sept. 8, 2011. In his plea agreement, Kingbird admitted that in January 2009, he assaulted the girl, who was between the age of 12 and 16 at the time.

 

Mission Man Sentenced for Abusive Sexual Contact (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, S.D., man charged with abusive sexual contact was sentenced on Jan. 9, 2012. Eugene L. Featherman, 23, was sentenced to nine months in custody, nine months of community confinement and five years of supervised release. Featherman was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 12, 2011, and pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 17, 2011. On or about the May 1, 2005, and Aug. 31, 2005, Featherman had sexual contact with a child who had not attained the age of 12.   

           

Third Defendant Sentenced In Trading Post Robbery (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

Acting U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel announced on Jan. 9, 2012, Garrison Gorman, 22, a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced to 51 months in prison after pleading guilty to armed robbery. Co-defendants Jercelo Jim and Charles Yazzie had earlier pleaded guilty and been sentenced on the same charge; Jim was sentenced to 51 months in prison and Yazzie was sentenced to 54 months in prison. On July 7, 2010, on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, Gorman, along with co-defendants, Jim and Yazzie, entered the Round Rock Trading Post. The three defendants were dressed all in black, two were wearing bandanas to cover their mouths, and Gorman was carrying a rifle. Gorman pointed the rifle at the victim and demanded the victim give them all of his money. The victim placed the cash drawer on the counter and Gorman grabbed all of the cash. The defendants stole additional items from the store before they fled. They were apprehended later that same day. 

 

White Mountain Apache Man Sentenced To 44 Months In Prison For Stabbing (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

Acting U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel announced that Nathan Lavender, 29, of Whiteriver, Ariz., and a member of the White Mountain Apache Indian Tribe, was sentenced on Jan. 9, 2012, to 44 months in prison for assault with a dangerous weapon. The case was tried in federal court in October 2011. The evidence at trial showed that in August 2009 the defendant stabbed another male tribal member three times in the chest. The victim was later flown to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital to undergo surgery for the stab wounds.  

 

Baraga Woman Sentenced For Biting Off Victim’s Nose (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan - www.justice.gov/usao/miw/)

U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced today that Donalyn Lynette Taisto, 41, of Baraga, Mich., was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 46 months in federal prison. In addition to the prison term, Taisto will serve three years of supervised release following her release from prison. On Oct. 21, 2011, Taisto pleaded guilty to count 3 of an indictment charging her with assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Counts 1 and 2, alleging assault with a dangerous weapon, were dismissed at sentencing. The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on April 21, 2011, in Baraga County on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community reservation. During the course of the early morning hours on April 21, an altercation began between Ms. Taisto and the victim, during which she bit off the tip of the victim’s nose, struck him with a lamp and cut him with a knife. This assault left the victim permanently disfigured.

 

Browning Man Pleads Guilty To Sexually Abusing Toddler (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on Jan. 10, 2012, Jonathan Alexander Headcarrier, 21, of Browning, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse.  Sentencing has been set for April 5, 2012. He is currently detained. In an offer of proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss, the government stated it would have proved at trial that on April 5, 2010, Headcarrier sexually abused the 3-year-old victim, who he was babysitting while her foster parents went to the store.

 

Fort Kipp Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse in U.S. Federal Court (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on Jan. 10, 2012, Leonard Dean Follette, 50, of Fort Kipp, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a female victim in 2003 when she was 12 years old. Sentencing has been set for April 5, 2012.  He is currently detained. Follette said he used to work for Head Start until 1998. The victim was in Head Start, and he later babysat her and her brother until their parents got off work. Follette admitted to sexually abusing the victim twice. Follette faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release.

            

Parmelee Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of a Minor (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Parmelee, S.D., man charged with sexual abuse of a minor was sentenced on Jan. 9, 2012. Ian James Burning Breast, 19, was sentenced to 33 months in custody and five years of supervised release. The defendant was also ordered to register as a sex offender. Burning Breast was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 5, 2011, and pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 20, 2011. During the time period of Oct. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2010, Ian James Burning Breast engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim, at a time when she was 13 years old and he was over 18 years old.

             

Okreek Man Sentenced for Assault (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Okreek, S.D., man charged with Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on Jan. 9, 2012. Adam Joe Hedrick, aka Wah-T Bear Shield, 33, was sentenced to 30 months in custody and three years of supervised release. Hedrick was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 10, 2011, and pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 20, 2011. At a drinking gathering on Feb. 26, 2010, in Todd County, Hedrick, grabbed the victim’s arm and pushed it against a heating element on a stove, causing her arm to burn in a circular burn pattern. The victim experienced extreme physical pain and serious bodily injury.  

 

Mandaree Man Sentenced for Assault and Theft Charges (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Jan. 5, 2012, Kalolo N. Iu, 22, of Mandaree, N.D., was sentenced in federal court on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and theft within Indian country. Iu pleaded guilty to the charges on Oct. 11, 2011. Judge Hovland sentenced Iu to two years six months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Iu was ordered to pay restitution of $8,231.22. On May 7, 2011, Iu and the victim were celebrating a family member’s wedding at various locations throughout the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. During the night, Iu became upset with the victim and began to assault her, striking her in the head and body multiple times. The assault resulted in hospitalization of the victim. 

 

Northern Arapaho Man Sentenced for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming)

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced that on Jan. 6, 2012, Milton Trosper, a 41-year-old Northern Arapaho Tribal Member from Ethete, Wyo., on the Wind River Indian Reservation, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson. Trosper pleaded guilty to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He received 18 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and restitution in the amount of $2,559.00 for medical expenses for the victim. As a part of the plea agreement, the defendant also agreed to plead guilty to battery in the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Court in connection with this case. This case was investigated by the FBI.  

 

Missoula Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse of Child (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on Jan. 5, 2012, Aaron Reese Little Eagle, 27 of Missoula, appeared for sentencing. Little Eagle was sentenced to 84 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Little Eagle was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to sexual abuse. In an offer of proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley, the government stated it would have proved at trial that Little Eagle sexual abused the victim while living in a foster home where Little Eagle also lived. 

 

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News Highlight:  Read "Prevention & Recovery"(www.samhsa.gov/tloa/docs/newsletter/pq-v1-122111.pdf), a newsletter recently published by the Multi-Agency Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Collaboration. The quarterly newsletter highlights efforts by the Departments of Justice, Interior, and Health and Human Services to address alcohol and substance abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native communities by working together. Read more about this multi-agency collaboration: www.samhsa.gov/tloa.

 

For more information on Justice Department initiatives and programs in Indian Country visit the Tribal Justice and Safety Website:  www.justice.gov/tribal/.

 

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October 24 - 28, 2011

Contact: Wyn Hornbuckle, Office of Public Affairs (202) 514-2007

 

   

U.S. Attorney Announces Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced the implementation of a program designed to remove old and outdated prescription drugs and medicines from homes in N.D. tribal communities. The program is called the Indian Country Take Back Initiative and is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on each of the four reservations in N.D. The program is a cooperative effort between the N.D. U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services. The Take Back Initiative is designed to get old, expired, and unused medications out of homes and properly destroyed.

 

U.S. Attorney Participates in Media Conference at Abused Adult Resource Center to Observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon participated in a media conference at the Abused Adult Resource Center in Bismarck to discuss recent Department of Justice grants in excess of $1.3 million to three North Dakota organizations who assist victims of domestic violence and to commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Other participants included Diane Zainhofsky, Executive Director of the Abused Adult Resource Center, Bismarck, Linda Thompson, Director of the First Nations Women’s Alliance, Devils Lake, and Janelle Moos, Executive Director of the North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services, Bismarck, the Abused Adult Resource Center, the First Nations Women’s Alliance, and the North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services. Grants are targeted as supporting programs aimed at reducing domestic violence and supporting the victims of this crime. 

 

Northern Arapaho Man Sentenced for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming)

 

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced that Vincent Dale Redman, III, of the Wind River Reservation, an enrolled Northern Arapaho tribal member, was sentenced on Oct. 25, 2011, for assault resulting in serious bodily injury for an attack on his girlfriend. Redman was sentenced to 30 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, was ordered to pay restitution to Indian Health Services.

 

Shiprock Man Receives 168 Month Prison Sentence For Second Degree Murder Conviction (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

 

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that a federal judge sentenced Gary Redhorse John Begay, 26, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Shiprock, N.M., to 168 months imprisonment for his second degree murder conviction.  Begay will be on supervised release for five years after he completes his prison sentence.  Begay initially was charged with murder in a criminal complaint filed on December 20, 2010, and subsequently was indicted and charged with second degree murder of Allen Ashike, also a member of the Navajo Nation, and using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

 

Newcomb, N.M. Man Sentenced To 27 Months For Federal Arson Conviction (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

 

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that in Albuquerque federal court, Derrick Jones Yazzie, 30, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Newcomb, N.M., was sentenced to 27-months in prison for his arson conviction.  Yazzie will be on supervised release for five years after he completes his prison sentence. Yazzie was arrested on Aug. 11, 2010 and charged with arson in a criminal complaint. Court records reflect that Yazzie was charged with arson after he used gasoline and matches to burn a neighbor’s house while the neighbor (the victim) was inside.

 

Former Officer and Wife Sentenced for Embezzlement and Theft From an Indian Tribal Organization (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Oct. 26, 2011, Carl and Barbara Walking Eagle of Fort Totten, N.D., were sentenced on charges of embezzlement and theft from an Indian Tribal Organization. Carl Walking Eagle served on the Spirit Lake Tribal Council since 1981 and was the Vice Chairman of the tribe at the time of the criminal conduct.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/10-27-2011-Carl%20and%20Barbara%20Walking%20Eagle.pdf

 

Lower Brule Man Sentenced for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana

(U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule man charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana was sentenced on Oct. 25, 2011.  Vincent Battese, 25, was sentenced to six months in custody, two years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.  Battese was arrested and found to be in possession of nine baggies containing 1.95 ounces/55.3 grams of marijuana. 

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-10-25-Battese.html

 

Wakpala Man Sentenced for Involuntary Manslaughter (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wakpala man charged with Involuntary Manslaughter was sentenced on Oct. 24, 2011.  Jeffery James Cadotte, Jr., aka Jeffrey James Cadotte, Jr., 34, was sentenced to 33 months in custody, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund..  The conviction arose out of a February 23, 2011, one-car rollover near Wakpala, S.D.  On that day, Cadotte drank until he became intoxicated.  He then got into a pickup truck and picked up the victim and Cadotte’s three-year-old son in Wakpala.  They drove around until around 10:00 p.m., when because of Cadotte’s intoxication, he lost control of the pickup, and ended up in a one-vehicle car crash.  This car crash resulted in the death of Cari Hill, 27.  Cadotte pleaded guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-10-26-Cadotte.html

 

Lame Deer Man Sentenced In U.S. District Court (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

 

U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Billings, James Hisbadhorse, 44, formerly of Lame Deer, appeared for sentencing.  Hisbadhorse was sentenced to 360 months in prison, consecutive to a Washington sentence and lifetime supervised release. Hisbadhorse was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact. 

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20111026152913.html

 

Gila River Man Sentenced to Over Seven Years in Federal Prison for Selling Crack Cocaine (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

 

Acting U.S. Attorney Ann Scheel announced that Darin James Kisto, 42, of Laveen, Ariz., was sentenced on Oct. 24, 2011 to 87 months in federal prison for selling cocaine base to an undercover officer on the Gila River Indian Reservation.

 

Indictment Unsealed Charging Former President of Tonkawa Tribe with Embezzling Tribal Funds (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma)

 

U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats announced on Oct. 24, 2011 that a federal indictment was unsealed charging Anthony E. Street, 47, of Ponca City, Okla., with embezzlement from the Tonkawa Tribe. According to the indictment, Street was elected President of the Tonkawa Tribe in April 2005 and served until April 2008.  During that same time, Gordon L. Warrior served as the Tribe’s elected Vice-President, and Dawena Pappan was elected as the Tribe’s Secretary-Treasurer.  Together, the three made up the Tribe’s Business Committee and handled the Tribe’s day-to-day affairs.   The indictment charges Street with one count of conspiring with Warrior and Pappan to embezzle money from the Tribe’s General Fund from 2005 through 2008.  The indictment alleges that Street, Warrior, and Pappan together embezzled more than $500,000 by issuing themselves more than 300 checks.  The indictment also charges Street with 16 additional counts of tribal embezzlement for checks issued to him from the General Fund. 

 

Heart Butte Man Pleads Guilty to Assault (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

 

U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter announced that during a federal court session that Hiram Evans, 28, of Heart Butte, Mont., pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  According documents filed in federal court, the government stated it would have proved at trial that on Jan. 22, 2011, several individuals were drinking alcohol at a home in Heart Butte on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. After going to a back room to sleep, the victim awoke to Evans punching him in the head, then was repeatedly kicked and beaten by Evans and another individual.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20111025091054.html

 

South Dakota Woman Sentenced for Making False Statements (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Oct. 20, 2011, Victoria Bobtail Bear, 46, of McLaughlin, S.D., was sentenced to 104 days in custody to be followed by a placement at a halfway house for up to six months. Bobtail Bear will be on supervised release for three years. Bobtail Bear pleaded guilty to a charge of false statements on Aug. 1, 2011.  On Nov. 30, 2010, Bobtail Bear was arrested by a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) police officer on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bobtail Bear was placed in the BIA officer’s patrol vehicle and was transported to the detention facility in Fort Yates. Bobtail Bear later reported to a BIA criminal investigator that she had been sexually assaulted by the BIA police officer en route to the detention center. The accused officer had recorded the entire event, from arrest to transport to the detention facility, on his lapel camera, which established that at no time did the officer engage in any type of inappropriate conduct with Bobtail Bear.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/10-20-2011-Bobtail%20Bear%20Sentenced.pdf

 

St. Michael Man Pleads Guilty and Sentenced on Federal Firearm and Assault Charges (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced on Oct. 24, 2011, Levi Brandon Jerome of St. Michael, N.D., pleaded guilty and was sentenced on two separate charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Jerome, 23, pleaded guilty to possessing a Model SKS, 7.62x39mm caliber rifle on April 8, 2010. Jerome previously had been convicted in Nov. 2007, of two felony charges in Ramsey County District Court, State of North Dakota. Jerome is prohibited from owning or possessing any firearms due to these convictions. Jerome also pleaded guilty to physically assaulting a 16-year-old male on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in May 2010. After arguing with another individual, Jerome struck the juvenile who was standing nearby. The juvenile was taken to a Devils Lake hospital and later required surgery for a broken jaw.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/10-20-2011-Yankton%20Sentenced.pdf

 

Wolf Point Man Found Guilty Aggravated Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

 

U.S.  Attorney Mike Cotter announced that on Oct. 25, 2011, in Great Falls,  after a federal district court trial before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, Patrick J. Laverdure, 32, of Wolf Point and an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Tribes, was found guilty of aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact. 

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20111026105754.html

 

Cherry Creek Man Sentenced for Burglarizing Isabel Residence (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Cherry Creek man charged with Second Degree Burglary was sentenced on Oct. 24, 2011. Christopher James Fire Cloud, 19, was sentenced to 24 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.  Fire Cloud was indicted for First Degree Burglary, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm by a federal grand jury on May 10, 2011. Fire Cloud pled guilty to Second Degree Burglary on Aug. 15, 2011.         

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-10-24-Fire%20Cloud.html

                                   

Billings Man Sentenced For Illegal Transportation and Storage of Hazardous Waste on Fort Peck Reservation (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Robert Darren Fromdahl, a 46-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing.  Fromdahl was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to transporting hazardous waste to an unpermitted facility and storing hazardous waste without a permit. Approximately 45 drums of unknown substances were found on land being leased from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation tribal government. Fromdahl had paid the owner to store the barrels on his property.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20111020082819.html

 

Okreek Man Pleads Guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Adam Joe Hedrick, a/k/a Wah-T Bear Shield, 33, of Okreek, S.D., pleaded guilty in federal court to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.  At a drinking gathering on Feb. 26, 2010, Adam Joe Hedrick, a/k/a Wah-T Bear Shield, grabbed the victim’s arm and pushed it against a heating element on a stove, causing her arm to burn in a circular burn pattern.  When she was burned, she experienced extreme physical pain and serious bodily injury.  Her arm later became swollen and infected from the burn. The outline of the burn mark remained visible after the assault.  A sentencing date was set for Jan. 9, 2012. 

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-10-20-Hedrick.html

 

Navajo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charge (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

 

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that Ervin Yazzie, 33, pled guilty to an assault resulting in serious bodily injury charge in Albuquerque federal court on Oct. 20, 2011. Yazzie admitted he intentionally assaulted an unarmed Navajo woman with a baseball bat on July 17, 2008 within the Navajo Indian reservation. At sentencing, Yazzie faces a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment to be followed by not more than three years of supervised release. Yazzie, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, has been in federal custody since his arrest on May 3, 2011. He remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-10-20_yazzie_pr.pdf

 

Navajo Man to Serve 27 Months in Prison for Federal DUI-Related Assault Conviction (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

 

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that Diono H. Pete, 48, was sentenced to a 27-month term of imprisonment for his assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Pete, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, admitted to striking a motorcyclist from behind with his vehicle while intoxicated. The investigation revealed there were no skid marks or evidence of braking at the scene. Pete will be on supervised release for two years after he completes his prison sentence. He had been on conditions of release since his arrest on Oct. 13, 2010. He was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service at the conclusion of his sentencing hearing.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-10-20_pete_pr.pdf

 

Woman From Bull Head Sentenced for Stabbing a Man (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Lee Ann Brown, 36, of Bull Head, S.D., was sentenced on Oct.17, 2011, to 40 months in prison, three years’ supervised release, a $100 victim assessment, and $3,000 in restitution. Brown was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 13, 2010.  In November 2008, she killed a man by stabbing him during an argument at a home they shared.  Brown pleaded guilty to the offense on July 25, 2011.

 

Wanblee Man Pleads Guilty to Larceny (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Jeffrey Chipps, 21, of Wanblee, South Dakota, pled guilty on Oct. 20, 2011 to count three of an indictment that charged him with Larceny.  The charge relates to Chipps stealing a 2008 Chevy Trailblazer from Wanblee on April 25, 2011. A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for Jan. 13, 2012.  The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.

           

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/RC-2011-10-20-Chipps.html

 

Navajo Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Federal Assault Conviction (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

 

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that Tony Curtis Jr., 38, was sentenced to a 15-month term of imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release for his federal assault conviction.  Curtis was charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon for hitting a 22-year-old man in the head with a sledge hammer on July 30, 2010 on property located within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-10-25_curtis_pr.pdf

 

Informational:  Federal Court Arraignments (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

 

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, Perry Nation, 49, of Missoula, appeared on charges of aggravated sexual abuse and sexual abuse which took place within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation.  Also, Sheldon B. Chase, 22, of Lodge Grass, appeared on three counts of first degree murder which took place within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation.  He is currently detained. 

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20111024162054.html

 

Informational: Federal Court Arraignments (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Dawson Demontiney, 25, of Box Elder, appeared on a charge of involuntary manslaughter which took place within the exterior boundaries of the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation.  Also, Jonson Running Crane, 23, appeared on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury which took place within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.  The defendants pled not guilty to the charges.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20111026084231.html

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Contact: Jessica Smith, Office of Public Affairs (202) 514-2007

 

Navajo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Charge (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

 

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzalez announced that Derrick Frank, 22, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter under a plea agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office.  Under the terms of the plea agreement, Frank will serve a prison term of 108 to 135 months, to be followed by up to three years of supervised release.  Frank, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Navajo, N.M., has been in federal custody since his arrest on January 17, 2011.  He remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-09-01_frank_pr.pdf

 

Federal Court Arraignments for Charges of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

 

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter’s office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, Mont., on September 1, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, two individuals were arraigned. Nalayna Rose Bullinsight, a 32-year-old resident of Crow Agency, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  She is currently detained.  If convicted of this charge, Bullinsight faces possible penalties of ten year to life in prison, a $4,000,000 fine and at least 5 years supervised release.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek is the prosecutor for the United States.  The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

 

Rosanna Lynn Walks, a 36-year-old resident of Crow Agency, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  She is currently detained.  If convicted of this charge, Walks faces possible penalties of five years to 40 years in prison, a $2,000,000 fine and at least 4 years supervised release.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek is the prosecutor for the United States.  The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The defendants pled not guilty to the charges.

 

Zuni Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Manslaughter Charge (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

 

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzalez announced on August 31, 2011, that Cameron Kalestewa, a 20 year-old member of the Pueblo of Zuni, admitted killing Michael Lalio, a 23-year-old member of the Pueblo of Zuni, during a physical altercation within the boundaries of the Zuni Indian Reservation on November 17, 2010. At sentencing, Kalestewa faces a maximum penalty of 15 years of imprisonment to be followed by up to five years of supervised release.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-08-31_kalestewa_pr.pdf

 

Fugitive Arrested by FBI and USMS (FBI Phoenix Division)

 

FBI Phoenix Division’s Special Agent in Charge (SAC) James L. Turgal Jr. and U.S. Marshal David Gonzales announced that Noah Grant Jr. has been arrested in the vicinity of the 2200 block of W. Devonshire in Phoenix, Arizona without incident on charges of kidnapping and sexual assault. On August 29, 2011 in Pinon, Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Grant allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted an adult female at knife point.

http://www.fbi.gov/phoenix/press-releases/2011/fugitive-arrested-by-the-fbi-and-the-usms?utm_campaign=email-Immediate&utm_medium=email&utm_source=phoenix-press-releases&utm_content=29430

 

Bert Travis Little Owl Sentenced in U.S. District Court (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

 

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter’s office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, Mont., on August 31, 2011, Bert Travis Little Owl was sentenced after a federal district court trial in which he was found guilty of aggravated sexual abuse.  In the federal system, Little Owl does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for “good behavior.” However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20110525113656.html

 

Jicarilla Apache Man Receives 28 Month Prison Sentence for Failing to Update Sex Offender Registration (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

 

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzalez’s office announced that Howard Roy Allen, Jr., a 39-year-old member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, was sentenced to a 24-month term of imprisonment for failing to update his sex offender registration and an additional four months of imprisonment for violating his supervised release, for a total of 28 months of imprisonment.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-08-31_allen_pr.pdf

 

Shiprock Man Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Attempting to Kill his Common-Law Wife (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

 

In the federal court in Santa Fe, Michael Harrison, 29, a member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, NM, was sentenced to a 78-month term of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on an assault with intent to commit murder charge. U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that the case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety, Shiprock Division.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-08-30_harrison_pr.pdf

 

Laguna Pueblo Man Receives Fifteen Months for Failing to Update Sex Offender Registration (U.S. Attorney of New Mexico)

 

Jarvis Poncho, a 30-year-old member of the Pueblo of Laguna, was sentenced to a 15-month term of imprisonment to be followed by ten years of supervised release for his conviction for failing to update his sex offender registration. According to the indictment, Poncho was required to register as a sex offender because he had been convicted of abusive sexual. As a lifetime registrant, Poncho was required to update his registration every 90 days.  In entering his guilty plea, Poncho admitted failing to maintain his registration as required by SORNA.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-08-30_poncho_pr.pdf

 

Cochiti Pueblo Man Receives 25 Year Prison Sentence for Murdering His 95-Year-Old Grandmother (U.S. Attorney of New Mexico)

 

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that a United States District Judge sentenced Brian Joseph Chavez, 39, a member of the Pueblo of Cochiti, to a 25-year term of imprisonment for his second degree murder conviction. Chavez was convicted through a guilty plea of murdering his 95 year-old grandmother, Jane Louise Chavez, on June 19, 2009, in the home shared by Ms. Chavez and Chavez in the Pueblo of Cochiti.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-08-30_chavez_pr.pdf

 

Navajo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Abuse Charge (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

 

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that Nathan Yesslith pled guilty to placing his two year old son in danger on December 8, 2010 when he was driving while intoxicated on the Navajo Indian Reservation and crashed the vehicle. In his plea agreement, Yesslith admitted that, in the middle of the day on December 8, 2010, he was driving recklessly and under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his van into another vehicle. Yesslith further admitted that his two year old son was in the van and was unrestrained at the time of the collision.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-08-30_yesslith_pr.pdf

 

Two Men Receive Seven Year Prison Sentence for Armed Robbery on Sandia Pueblo (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

 

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that Christian Trancosa, 24, a member of the Pueblo of San Felipe, and Jonathan Gallegos, 19, of Albuquerque, each was sentenced to a seven-year term of imprisonment for using a firearm during a crime of violence.  Trancosa and Gallegos were arrested after they stole a safe containing approximately $28,000 from the home of a Sandia Pueblo council member at gunpoint on the evening of September 13, 2010.  Trancosa and Gallegos were arrested on September 14, 2010, and have been in federal custody since that time.  According to court filings, on September 13, 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) initiated an investigation after learning that a Sandia Pueblo council member had been the victim of an armed robbery.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-08-30_trancosa_gallegos_pr.pdf

 

North Dakota Man Sentenced for Reckless Endangerment (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced on August 29, 2011, that Derek A. Reinolt, 27, of Duluth, Minn., was sentenced on a charge of reckless endangerment by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland during a federal court session in Bismarck, N.D. Reinolt was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison and two years of supervised release. Reinolt was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund.

 

Jury Finds Mclaughlin Man Guilty of Sexual Abuse of Adopted Children (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Michael Seibel, age 40, of McLaughlin, S.D., was convicted August 26, 2011, of four counts related to his sexual abuse of two adopted children on the Standing Rock Reservation as a result of a federal jury trial in Aberdeen. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 34 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-08-29-Seibel.html

 

Isabel Man Sentenced for Sexual Contact (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Isabel, S.D., man charged with abusive sexual contact was sentenced on August 26, 2011, by Chief U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Brent Two Bear, age 22, was sentenced to 235 months in custody. In 2007, Two Bear engaged in sexual contact with a juvenile who was under the age of 12. He pled guilty on May 10, 2011.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/SF-2011-08-26-Two%20Bear.html

 

Lake Andes Man Convicted of Multiple Rapes (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lake Andes man was convicted of four felonies by a federal jury at a trial held in Sioux Falls. James Bruguier, a/k/a James Bruguier, Jr., 25, was found guilty of aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse of a minor, and first degree burglary for separate sexual assaults on an adult and two teenagers from the Yankton reservation. The testimony at trial this week revealed that two of the sexual attacks perpetrated by Bruguier occurred in the homes of the victims. Bruguier was originally indicted in February 2011 by a federal grand jury, and then re-indicted on two other occasions as more victims were discovered. The trial disclosed separate acts of sexual abuse on separate victims in 2004-2005, 2010, and 2011.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/SF-2011-08-26-Bruguier.html

 

Montana Man Pleads Guilty to Failure to Register as a Sexual Offender (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

 

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced on August 25, 2011, that during a federal court session before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon in Great Falls, Mont., Henry Thomas Standing Elk, Jr., a 34-year-old resident of Great Falls, Mont., pled guilty to failure to register as a sexual offender. Standing Elk faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years supervised release. Sentencing has been set for November 14, 2011.  

 

Two Plead Guilty to Assault in Supai at the Bottom of Grand Canyon (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

 

United States Attorney’s office announced that Tony Crooke, 43, and Robert Hastings, Jr., 23, both members of the Havasupai Indian Tribe, pleaded guilty yesterday to their involvement in a December 2010 assault in Supai, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Crooke pleaded guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Hastings pleaded guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/PR_08242011_Crooke.html

 

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Abusive Sexual Contact (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced on August 17, 2011, that Leonard Chase Alone, Jr., 30, of Manderson, S.D., pled guilty to abusive sexual contact. The maximum penalty is life in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. 

 

North Dakota Man Sentenced for Assaulting Federal Officer (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced on August 16, 2011 that during a federal court session in Bismarck, N.D., Kevin Little Bear, 54, of Fort Yates, N.D., was sentenced in connection with a charge of assaulting and resisting a federal officer.  Little Bear was sentenced to two years in federal prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund.

 

New Mexico Teen Receives FBI Director’s Certificate (FBI Albuquerque Division)

 

On August 17, 2011, Ashley Nez, a 16-year-old enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, received a FBI Director’s Certificate for her heroic actions in defending her mother from an attack last year. Nez repeatedly hit William Berlin Jr. with a baseball bat after he shot and assaulted Cassandra Nez on July 7, 2010. Nez was given the certificate by Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Michael Harrigan and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Burkhead.

http://www.fbi.gov/albuquerque/press-releases/2011/navajo-teen-girl-receives-fbi-directors-certificate-in-new-mexico?utm_campaign=email-Immediate&utm_medium=email&utm_source=albuquerque-press-releases&utm_content=21987

 

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced on August 17, 2011 that Merle Left Hand Bull, 60, of Rosebud, S.D., pled guilty to an assault with a dangerous weapon charge during a federal court session before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno. Moreno faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-08-16-Left%20Hand%20Bull.html

 

Oelrichs Man Sentenced for Felon in Possession of a Firearm (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Oelrichs, South Dakota man charged with felon in possession of a firearm was sentenced on August 15, 2011, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Earl D. Dowty, age 45, was sentenced to 120 months in custody, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-08-16-Dowty.html

 

Dupree Woman Sentenced on Drug Charges (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Dupree woman charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute Vicoprofen (a combination Hydrocodone product) was sentenced on August 15, 2011, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Jennifer Brown Wolf, also known as Jennifer Clown, age 30, was sentenced to one month in custody, two years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-08-16-Brown%20Wolf.html

 

Rosebud Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Minor (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Edward Zane Roubideaux, Jr., age 20, of Rosebud, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on August 16, 2011, and pled guilty to sexual abuse of a minor. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 15 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-08-16-Roubideaux.html

 

South Dakota Man Sentenced for Shooting (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced on August 16, 2011 that Ronald Richard Parker, Jr., 40, of Eagle Butte, S.D., was sentenced in connection with his assault with a dangerous weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm conviction. Parker was sentenced to 71 months in custody, three years of supervised release, and a $200 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.

 

Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Shooting (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

 

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte man charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm was sentenced on August 16, 2011, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Ronald Richard Parker, Jr., age 40, was sentenced to 71 months in custody, three years of supervised release, and a $200 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.




TRIBAL JUSTICE NEWS

July 25, 2011 to August 10, 2011

Contact: Jessica Smith, Office of Public Affairs: (202) 514-2007

 

August 10, 2011

 

Man Indicted for Assault and Witness Tampering on Indian Reservation (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan)

Travis Jay Kendall, 24, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Bay City, Mich., for assault causing serious bodily injury and witness tampering. The indictment charges that Kendall assaulted his girlfriend on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation in Isabella County, Mich. The indictment also charges that Kendall attempted to intimidate, threaten, or corruptly persuade the victim with the intent to influence her testimony at a grand jury proceeding. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mie/news/2011/2011_8_10_tkendall.html

 

Aldin Ray Two Moons, Sr. Sentenced in U.S. District Court (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

Aldin Ray Two Moons, Sr., 37, a resident of Lame Deer, Mont., was sentenced in Billings, Mont., in connection with his guilty plea to domestic assault by a habitual offender. On Aug. 28, 2010, a female individual reported to law enforcement that she had been physically assaulted by her common law husband, Two Moons. Two Moons has had ten tribal arrests for domestic abuse, with four of those resulting in convictions.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/

 

Navajo Man Sentenced to Nine Years for Federal Manslaughter Conviction (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

Lolando Nez, 33, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and a resident of Vanderwagen, N.M., was sentenced to a 109-month term of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for his voluntary manslaughter conviction.  Nez also was ordered to pay $11,937.74 in restitution to cover the costs of the victim’s funeral and medical expenses. U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Nez was charged with killing Ethan Wemytewa, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Zuni, during a physical altercation on the Navajo Indian Reservation on May 2, 2010. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/index.html

 

August 9, 2011

 

Informational:  Federal Court Arraignment (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

Charles Spotted Elk-Booth, a resident of Lame Deer, Mont., was arrested on a charge of attempted aggravated sexual abuse. If convicted, Spotted Elk-Booth faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/

 

Duane Dale Big Eagle Found Guilty in U.S. Federal Court (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

Duane Dale Big Eagle, 61, Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Chairman and a resident of Fort Thompson, S.D., was found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery of a tribal official and bribery involving an agent of an Indian tribal organization. Evidence showed that Big Eagle was part of a conspiracy to accept bribes in return for awarding tribal no bid contracts to Kutz Construction to build a new dorm and kitchen facility and other work at the Tribal School following a fire in April 2005. Big Eagle received approximately $16,000 from Kutz Construction, via Scott Raue, Superintendent of the Tribal School, with the intent to be influenced to grant work and approve payments. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/

 

Couple Plead Guilty to Federal Charges (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that Carl and Barbara Walking Eagle, of Fort Totten, N.D., changed their pleas before U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson on charges of theft from an Indian Tribal organization. Carl Walking Eagle, 69, a former officer of the Spirt Lake Tribe, pleaded guilty to the charges of embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization. Walking Eagle’s spouse, Barbara Walking Eagle, 64, a former librarian at the community college in Fort Totten, N.D., pleaded nolo contendre to charges of embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization and false statements. The Walking Eagles admitted to giving false information to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation, in order to receive fuel assistance by failing to disclose their actual household income.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/08-09-2011-Fort%20Totten%20Couple%20Plead.pdf

 

Eugene Eckert Sentenced in U.S. District Court (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

Eugene Eckert, 48, and a resident of Polson, Mont., was sentenced in Great Falls, Mont., before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon in connection with his guilty plea to abusive sexual contact of a child. In 2005, 9-year-old girl disclosed to a psychologist that she had been sexually molested by Eckert on numerous occasions from approximately the ages of four to eight-years-old while living on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/last20.html

 

August 5, 2011

 

Timber Lake Man Sentenced for False Statements to a Federal Agency Timberlake Man Sentenced for False Statements to a Federal Agency (FBI / U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Roy Veit, 22, was sentenced to one month in custody, one year of supervised release, $16,844 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund in relation to his guilty plea to false statements to a federal agency on May 9, 2011. Veit and others allegedly unlawfully conspired to obtain grazing privileges from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to pasture non-Indian-owned cattle on tribally owned range units by falsely claiming that the Veit family owned the cattle and livestock as Cheyenne River Sioux tribal members. This scheme allowed the co-conspirators to defraud the Tribe of approximately $50,532.

http://www.fbi.gov/minneapolis/press-releases/2011/timber-lake-man-sentenced-for-false-statements-to-a-federal-agency?utm_campaign=email-Immediate&utm_medium=email&utm_source=minneapolis-press-releases&utm_content=17140

 

Death Investigation on Zia Pueblo (FBI / U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

Death Investigation on Zia Pueblo

The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a man whose body was found off Highway 550 on the Zia Pueblo on Friday morning. The body was found in an arroyo near Mile Marker 38. More information will be released as it becomes available.

http://www.fbi.gov/albuquerque/press-releases/2011/death-investigation-on-zia-pueblo

 

Man Pleads Guilty for Possession of Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma)          

Christopher Don Clemons, 37, of Muskogee, Okla., pleaded guilty to Felon in Possession of a Firearm, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 922(g)(1) and Possession of Unregistered Firearm, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5845, 5861(d) and 5871. The indictment alleges that Clemons, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed a weapon not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/oke/press0811.html

 

St. Francis Man Sentenced for Possession and Distribution of Meth St. Francis Man Sentenced for Possession and Distribution of Meth St. Francis Man Sentenced for Possession and Distribution of Meth (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Dale Haukaas, age 30, of St. Francis, S.D., was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Haukaas served as a middle man for two individuals from Nebraska who were transporting methamphetamine to the Rosebud Reservation for resale. The drug quantity attributable to Haukaas based on his role in the conspiracy is between 50 and 200 grams of methamphetamine.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-08-04-Haukaas.html

 

Man Charged with Theft (U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma)

Steven Wayne Ferguson, 32, of Tulsa, Okla., is accused of stealing a trailer and lawn mowing equipment from tribal land on May 25, 2011, in excess of $1,000.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/okn/press/August2011.pdf

 

Man Charged with Assault in Indian Country (U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma)

Ronnie Dean Blossom, 42, from Locust Grove, Okla., is accused of assaulting and causing

serious bodily injury to another Indian in Indian Country on July 15, 2011.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/okn/press/August2011.pdf

August 4, 2011

 

Man Sentenced in U.S. Federal Court (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

Roger Dean Snake, 59, and a resident of Lame Deer, Mont., was sentenced in Billings, Mont., in connection with his guilty plea to two counts of abusive sexual contact.  On March 19, 2010, a child disclosed to a school counselor that she was touched in a sexual manner by her step-grandfather, Snake, at Snake’s home within the exterior boundaries of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/index.html    

      

Northern Arapaho Man Sentenced for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming)

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced today that Mervin Black, an enrolled Northern Arapaho Tribal member of the Wind River Reservation, was sentenced in federal court after having pled guilty to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. The defendant assaulted a man using brass knuckles, causing serious bodily injury to the victim. He was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $14,023.98 in restitution for the victim’s medical bills.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/wy/news/news.html#aug2010

 

Northern Arapaho Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming)

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced that on July 29, 2011, 25-year-old Garnett Rapheal Addison of the Wind River Indian Reservation appeared in Federal District Court for sentencing on a single count of sexual abuse for an April 2009 sexual act involving a minor on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Addison received 87 months of imprisonment, fifteen years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $500.00 fine. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/wy/news/news.html#aug2010

 

Zuni Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Sex Assault Offense (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that Epfreim Louis, 20, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Zuni, pled guilty to an information charging him with aggravated sexual abuse under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Louis will be sentenced to a ten-year term of imprisonment to be followed by at least five years of supervised release. Louis also will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence. Louis has been in federal custody since his arrest on July 21, 2010, and will remain detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-08-04_louis_pr.pdf

 

August 3, 2011

 

Navajo Man Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison for Federal Assault Conviction (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

On Aug. 2, 2011, in Albuquerque federal court, Sterling Silversmith, 25, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced to a 21-month term of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for his federal assault conviction.  Silversmith also was ordered to pay a total of $3,442 in restitution to the victims of his assault and to healthcare providers who treated the victims. U.S. Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Silversmith was charged in a four-count indictment alleging two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  Silversmith allegedly assaulted Donavan Roe Bitsilly and Jay Bowers Levier, both members of the Navajo Nation, in the vicinity of Whiskey Lake, N.M.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-08-03_silversmith_pr.pdf

 

Northern Ariz. Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Armed Robbery of Trading Post (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

Jercelo Evan “Slim” Jim, 19, of Round Rock, Ariz., and a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced on Aug. 2, 2011, by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Rosenblatt to 51 months in federal prison for holding up the Round Rock Trading Post in July 2010. Jim pleaded guilty to Armed Robbery after he and two co-defendants entered the Round Rock Trading Post wielding a rifle.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/PR_08032011_Jim.html

 

August 1, 2011

 

Little Eagle Man Indicted for Four Counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and Two Counts of Abusive Sexual Contact (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Little Eagle man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for four counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and two counts of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child with three different children. Burton Little Dog, 43, was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 11, 2011, for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and Abusive Sexual Contact with a Child.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-08-01-Little%20Dog.html

 

Gila River Man Convicted of Crimes of Domestic Violence (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

Jarvis Juan, 26, of Sacaton, Ariz., and a member of the Gila River Indian tribe, was found guilty by a federal jury of one felony count of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and one misdemeanor count of Assault by Striking, Beating or Wounding.  In March 2010, Juan intentionally ran over the victim, his spouse, with a vehicle that he was driving with the intent to cause her bodily harm.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/PR_08012011_Juan.html

 

South Dakota Woman Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Aug. 1, 2011, Victoria Bobtail Bear, 46, of McLaughlin, S.D., pleaded guilty to a charge of false statements in U.S. District Court. On Nov. 30, 2010, Bobtail Bear was arrested by a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) police office on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bobtail Bear was placed in the BIA officer’s patrol vehicle and was transported to the detention facility in Fort Yates. Bobtail Bear later reported to a BIA criminal investigator that she had been sexually assaulted by the BIA police officer en route to the detention center. The accused officer had recorded the entire event, from arrest to transport to the detention facility, on his lapel camera, which indicated that at no time did the officer carry on with any type of inappropriate conduct with Bobtail Bear.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/08-01-2011-BobtailBearPlea.pdf

 

July 28, 2011

 

Attorney General Holder, Justice Department Officials Hold Listening Conference with Tribal Leaders (Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs)

Attorney General Eric Holder and other administration officials met this week with tribal leaders and advocates to discuss issues of tribal safety and domestic violence in Rapid City, S.D., and Pine Ridge Reservation, S.D.  The tribal listening conference coincided with the one year anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the Tribal Law and Order Act into law.  Attorney General Holder, Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli, Assistant Attorney General Ignacia Moreno of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs Secretary Larry Echo Hawk, and 30 U.S. Attorneys engaged in various conversations, on topics including combating violence against women, protecting tribal lands, honoring traditional Native American values, and training tribal prosecutors and police forces.

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/July/11-ag-982.html

   

Federal Grants to Provide Assistance for Washington State Crime Victims (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington)

 The Department of Justice announced the award of more than $6 million in grants this week to enhance services for victims of crime and to help protect children in the Western District of Washington.  The grants were awarded to the Washington State Crime Victims Fund, the Nooksack Indian Tribe in Deming, Wash., and the Seattle Police Department.  The grant to the Seattle Police Department will help fund the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/waw/press/2011/jul/grants.html

                   

East Grand Forks Man Sentenced for Selling Meth (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on July 28, 2011, Mark Fassett of East Grand Forks, Minn., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson on a charge of distribution of a controlled substance. Fassett, 42, pleaded guilty on May 18, 2011, to selling three bags of methamphetamine (total weight .08 grams) to another person on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation on Jan. 26, 2010.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/07-28-2011-Fassett%20Sentenced.pdf

 

Informational:  Federal Court Arraignment (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

Allan C. Lawson, 40, and a resident of Browning, Mont., appeared before a court on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Great Falls, Mont. If convicted of these charges, Lawson faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss is the prosecutor for the United States. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20110728140634.html

 

July 27, 2011

 

Federal Agencies Teach Leadership Skills, Hear from Students at 2011 Intertribal Youth Summit (Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs)

One hundred and seventy five young men and women from nearly 50 tribal communities across the country convened at the week-long 2011 National Intertribal Youth Summit in Santa Fe, N.M., which ran from July 24 to 28, 2011. The summit featured administration officials from the White House and the Departments of Justice, Interior, Health and Human Services and Education, and it coincides with the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the Tribal Law and Order Act into law.  The summit is a youth leadership conference for tribal youth participants to meet other American Indian and Alaska Native youth through special sessions targeting leadership development and critical youth issues.

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/July/11-asg-976.html

 

Federal Indictment Returned Charging Warm Springs Man with Murder in Second Degree (U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon)

Ted L. Barney, Jr., 23, of Warm Springs, Ore., appeared before U.S. Magistrate Janice M. Stewart on a two count indictment charging him with second degree murder and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.  Warm Springs Police Department responded to a report of gunshot fire at a residence on the Warm Springs Reservation.  An investigation revealed that Delmer S. Davis had allegedly been shot by Ted L. Barney, Jr.  Both Davis and Barney are enrolled members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/or/PressReleases/2011/20110727_Barney.html

 

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, White Mountain Apache Tribe Students Picked to Attend National Intertribal Youth Summit (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke announced that six students from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and White Mountain Apache Tribe have been selected to join 150 young men and women from across the country for the week-long 2011 National Intertribal Youth Summit in Sante Fe, N.M., from July 24 to 28, 2011, featuring administration officials from the White House and the Departments of Justice, Interior, Health and Human Services and Education.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/PR_07272011_Intertribal_Youth_Summit.html

 

July 26, 2011

 

St. Michael Man Pleads Guilty to Burglary (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on July 26, 2011, Kalum Joshua Yankton, of St. Michael, N.D., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson to charges of burglary of a post office and conspiracy to convert stolen money orders. Yankton, 30, pleaded guilty to breaking into the St. Michael Post Office and stealing money orders with intent to convert them for his own personal use. The incident occurred in May of 2010 on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/07-26-2011-Yankton%20Sentenced.pdf

 

July 25, 2011

 

Quechan Woman Pleads Guilty to Assault Injuring Passenger in 2009 Yuma Crash (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

Sophia R. Perez, 25, of Yuma, Ariz., and a member of the Quechan Indian Tribe on the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, pleaded guilty on July 22, 2011, in federal court to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. Perez was speeding and failed to navigate a curve in an SUV, driving off the road and plummeting more than 25 yards down to train tracks beneath the Ocean-to-Ocean bridge, injuring her four passengers. Perez’s blood alcohol concentration at the time was .203 and her Arizona driver’s license had been suspended.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/PR_07252011_Perez.html

 

Bottineau Man Sentenced for Assault on a Federal Officer (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on July 25, 2011, Christopher A. Faulk, Jr., 30, of Bottineau, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of assaulting and resisting a federal officer. Faulk must also pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund. On Nov. 18, 2010, a law enforcement officer responded to a dispute involving Faulk on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. While the officer arrested and placed Faulk in the back of a patrol vehicle, Faulk resisted and kicked the officer in the leg.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/07-25-2011-Faulk%20Sentenced.pdf

 

Dunseith Man Sentenced for Larceny (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on July 25, 2011, Jordan A. Decoteau, 24, of Dunseith, N.D., was sentenced on a charge of larceny in U.S. District Court. Decoteau was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund. On April 29, 2010, Decoteau stole a 1998 Polaris Explorer ATV from the front yard of a Belcourt residence. Decoteau then traded the ATV to another person for a motor vehicle.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/07-25-2011-Jordan%20Decoteau%20Sentenced.pdf

 

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South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Property (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced on June 29, 2011, during a federal court session before U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann, that Thomas Iyarpeya, 20, of Waubay, S.D., pleaded guilty to theft of government property.  If convicted, Iyarpeya faces penalties of up to 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/news.html

 

North Dakota Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Child Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced on June 28, 2011, that Gabriel L. Martin, 29, of Fort Yates, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland, during a federal court session, on a charge of child abuse in Indian Country.  Martin was sentenced to 10 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Martin was also ordered to pay restitution of $1298.52 and a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/06-28-2011-Martin%20Sentenced.pdf

 

North Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced, during a federal court session on June 28, 2011, that Jeffrey D. White Twin, 19, of Fort Yates, N.D., pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual abuse.  In October 2010, White Twin engaged in a sexual act with a juvenile victim who was physically incapable of declining participation in, and communicating an unwillingness to engage in, that sexual act. The charge of sexual abuse carries a maximum penalty of life in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/06-28-2011-White%20Twin%20Plea.pdf

 

Arizona Man Convicted of Multiple Counts Involving the Sexual Abuse of Minors (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke announced, during a federal court session before U.S. District Court Judge Paul G. Rosenblatt on June 28, 2011, that Samuel James Seymour, 50, of Whiteriver, Ariz., was found guilty of two counts aggravated sexual abuse of a minor, attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a minor, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse of a minor and abusive sexual contact with a minor.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/PR_06282011_Seymour.html

 

North Dakota Man Sentenced for Stealing Drugs (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced on June 28, 2011, that Timothy J. Davis Jr., 28, of Mandan, N.D., was sentenced during a federal court session before U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland on charges of acquisition of a controlled substance by misrepresentation and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  From February 2009 until March 21, 2010, Davis worked as a pharmacy technician for Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Facility, a facility operated by Indian Health Service in Belcourt, N.D.  While employed, Davis stole in excess of 48,000 tablets of hydrocodone. Davis received credit for one day in custody and was sentenced to three years of supervised release. 

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/06-28-2011-Davis%20Sentenced.pdf

 

Arizona Man Charged in Navajo Nation Police Officer Murder (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke announced on June 28, 2011, that Victor Bigman, 48, of Kaibeto, Ariz., was charged with first degree murder in the death of Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety Sergeant Darrell Curley, who was killed in the line of duty.  If convicted, Bigman faces a maximum penalty of death or life in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/PR_06282011_Bigman.html

 

New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced on June 27, 2011, that Gary Redhorse John Begay, a 25-year-old enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, entered a guilty plea, during a federal court session in Albuquerque, N.M., to a second degree murder charge.  Begay pleaded guilty to shooting Allen Ashike and causing his death on Dec. 17, 2010.  Under the terms of the plea agreement, Begay will be sentenced to 14 years in prison, to be followed by not more than five years of supervised release.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-06-27_begay_pr.pdf

 

North Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Officers (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced on June 27, 2011, that James Yellow Wolf, 41, of Mandaree, N.D., pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting and resisting a federal officer.  Each charge of assaulting and resisting a federal officer carries a maximum penalty of eight years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.  Sentencing for Yellow Wolf has been scheduled for Sept. 26, 2011, in U.S. District Court in Minot, N.D.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/

 

North Dakota Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced on June 27, 2011, that Melissa Ann Skadsem of Devils Lake, N.D., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson to two charges of distribution of a controlled substance.  Skadsem, 25, pleaded guilty to selling a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, and 12 tablets of methadone, on Jan. 14, 2010.  Skadsem also pleaded guilty to selling a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine on Jan. 26, 2010.  Both incidents occurred on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.  Each charge of distribution of a controlled substance carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/

 

Montana Man Pleads Guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced on June 24, 2011, during a federal court session in Billings, Mont., before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, that Lyle Lamar Takes Gun, 34, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  His sentencing has been set for Sept. 21, 2011.  Takes Gun faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20110624152801.html

 

Montana Man Sentenced for Domestic Assault (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced on June 24, 2011, during a federal court session in Billings, Mont., before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, that Gilbert Darwin Left Hand, 27, of Crow Agency, Mont., appeared for sentencing.  Left Hand was sentenced, in connection with his guilty plea to domestic assault, to 41 months in prison a $100 special assessment fine and three years of supervised release. 

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20110624152801.html

 

Montana Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

 U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced on June 24, 2011, during a federal court session in Billings, Mont., before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, that Joy Crabtree Pigman, 58, of Billings, Mont., appeared for sentencing.  Pigman was sentenced, in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, to 70 months in prison a $100 special assessment fine and five years of supervised release.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20110624143210.html

 

Montana Man Charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced on June 24, 2011, during a federal court session in Billings, Mont., before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, that Raul M. Garcia, 40, of Hardin, Mont., was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted, Garcia faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4 million fine and at least five years of supervised release.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20110624142730.html

 

Montana Woman Convicted of Theft from an Indian Tribal Organiztion (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced on June 24, 2011, that Florence A. White Eagle, 63, of Poplar, Mont., was found guilty of a count of conspiracy, theft from an Indian tribal organization, bribery, concealment of public corruption, engaging in public acts affecting a personal financial interest, and of misprision of a felony.  White Eagle’s sentencing has been set for Oct. 27, 2011.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20110624140552.html

 

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Conduct (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced on June, 24, 2011, that Jefferson Swallow, 20, of Porcupine, S.D., appeared before US District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken on June 24, 2011, and pleaded guilty to a charge of Abusive Sexual Contact.  If convicted, he faces a possible maximum penalty upon conviction of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Between May 2009 and September 2009, Swallow engaged in sexual contact with a child under the age of 12.  A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for September 19, 2011.  The defendant was remanded to the custody of the US Marshal pending sentencing.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/RC-2011-06-24-Swallow.html

 

Montana Men Charged with Illegally Trafficking in Eagle and Migratory Bird Remains (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced on June 24, 2011, the arrests of Harvey Allen Hugs, 47, of Hardin, Mont., Marc J. Little Light, 41, of Crow Agency, Mont., and Gilbert George Walks Jr., 48, of Crow Agency, following the conclusion of “Operation Rolling Thunder”, a multi-year investigation conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service into the illegal trafficking of eagle and migratory bird feathers and remains.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20110614154934.html

 

Michigan Man Sentenced for Domestic Assault (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, Northern Division)

U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced on June 24, 2011, that Nicholas James Sayles, 29, of Kincheloe, Mich., a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, was sentenced to 35 months in federal prison for domestic assault by a habitual offender.  In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge R. Allan Edgar ordered Sayles to serve three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/miw/press/index.html

 

South Dakota Man Convicted of Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced on June 23, 2011, that Leo Vaillarreal was convicted on one count of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of sexual abuse.  The charges relate to incidents occurring in March 2010 when Villarreal sexually assaulted a child under the age of 16 and an adult woman. The maximum penalty upon conviction of each count is any term of years up to life in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/RC-2011-06-23-Villarreal.html

 

Montana Man Sentenced for Abusive Sexual Contact (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced on June 23, 2011, that Dennis Salois, 45, was sentenced to 168 months in prison, a special assessment of $200 and supervised release for life.  Salois was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to abusive sexual contact.

 

http://saltlakecity.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel11/slc062411c.htm

 

New York Man Sentenced for Being a Felon in Possession of Firearms (U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York)

U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced on June 23, 2011, during a federal court session before U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd, that Victor J. Lazore, 25, of Hogansburg, N.Y., was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition in violation of federal law. Lazore was sentenced to seven months in prison and three years of supervised release.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nyn/news/1395-2743-1327381760.pdf

 

Montana Man Charged with Production of Child Pornography (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced on June, 23, 2011, during a federal court session in Missoula, Mont., before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, that David D. Sledge, 61, formerly of Kalispell, Mont., appeared on a charge of production of child pornography.  If convicted, Sledge faces penalties of 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime supervision.  A trial date has not yet been set.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20110623160331.html

 

Two Montana Men Charged with Possession of Child Pornography (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced on June, 23, 2011, during a federal court session in Missoula, Mont. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, Giovanni D. Blood, 26, of Missoula, Mont., and Raymond D. Smith, 43, of Helena, Mont., were charged with possession of child pornography.  A trial date has not yet been set.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20110623160221.html

 

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Misprision of a Felony (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced on June 22, 2011, during a federal court session before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange, that Oscar Whiteman, 23, of Eagle Butte, S.D., pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony.  The charge relates to Whiteman’s failure to report the crime of assault with a dangerous weapon when Ronald Parker shot a man on March 19, 2011. The maximum penalty upon conviction is three years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; one year of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/news.html

 

Arizona Navajo Man Convicted of Assault and Firearms Charges (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced on June 22, 2011, that a federal jury sitting in Santa Fe, N.M., convicted William Belin, 57, of assault and firearms offenses after a three-day trial.  Belin was convicted of assault with intent to commit murder; assault with a dangerous weapon; assault resulting in serious bodily injury; and using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/index.html

 

Montana Woman Sentenced for Drug Trafficking (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced on June 22, 2011, that Danetta Old Elk, 31, was sentenced to 97 months in prison, a special assessment of $100 and five years of supervised release.  Old Elk was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to drug trafficking.

 

http://saltlakecity.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel11/slc062411d.htm

 

South Dakota Man Sentenced for Assault (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced on June 22, 2011, during a federal court session before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange, that Nelson Miles Red Bird, 21, was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea of assault with a dangerous weapon.  Red Bird was sentenced to 40 months in custody, three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/news.html

 

North Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Minor (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced on June 22, 2011, that Gerald Roubideaux, 20, of Cannon Ball, N.D., pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual abuse of a minor.  Roubideaux admitted to engaging in a sexual act with a juvenile sometime in July 2009. The charge of sexual abuse of a minor carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/06-22-2011-Roubideaux%20Plea.pdf

 

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced on June 22, 2011 that during a federal court session before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange, Leland Brown Wolf, 40, of Dupree S.D., pleaded guilty to distributing and possessing with intent to distribute Vicoprofen.  If convicted, Brown faces possible penalties of up to 10 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, or both.  Sentencing has been set for Sept. 6, 2011.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/news.html

 

South Dakota Woman Pleads Guilty to Bank Embezzlement (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced on June 21, 2011, during a federal court session before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange, that Kristen Traversie, 20, of Mission, S.D., pleaded guilty to bank embezzlement. If convicted, Traversie faces penalties of up to 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine, or both; five years of supervised release; and a special assessment of $100 to the Victim Assistance Fund.  Sentencing has been set for Sept. 11, 2011.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-06-21-Traversie.html

 

South Dakota Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of a Minor (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced on June 20, 2011, during a federal court session before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, that Wilbur Toledo Flute, 37, of Oglala, S.D. was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea of sexual abuse of a minor. Flute was sentenced to 18 months in prison and five years of supervised release. Flute was also ordered to pay a $100 victim assessment.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/RC-2011-06-20-Flute.html

 

Wyoming Woman Sentenced for Criminally Negligent Homicide (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming)

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced on June 29, 2011, during a federal court session before Magistrate Judge Richard G. Gist, that Jamie Chippewa, a 25-year-old enrolled Chippewa-Cree tribal member was sentenced for criminally negligent homicide stemming from a two-vehicle crash on June 30, 2009. Chippewa was sentenced to two years of supervised probation with the first six months of her probation served in home confinement through the location monitoring program.  Chippewa was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $19,216.72 and a $25 special assessment.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/wy/news/news.html

 

Michigan Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Abusive Sexual Assault (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan)

U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced during a federal court session on June 28, 2011, that Christopher Frazier, 39, of Escanaba, Mich. was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Frazier was sentenced in connection with his conviction for the sexual assault of three minor children on the Bay Mills Indian Community Reservation.

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/miw/press/2011_0628_CFrazier.html

 

 

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day A Success in North County, New York (U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York)

U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced on May 24, 2011, outstanding North County, N.Y., participation in the second nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  Eighteen North County jurisdictions participated in the event on April 30, 2011.  A total of 451.5 pounds of prescription drugs were collected for safe disposal.  The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department, N.Y., had the single most productive community turn-in site during the event while Essex County, N.Y., had the highest overall submission by weight.

 

www.justice.gov/usao/nyn/news.html

 

North Dakota Sentenced to 30 Years for Child Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced on May 23, 2011, that John F. Wallette, 36, of Belcourt, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland to 30 years in federal prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release.  Wallette was also ordered to pay $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund and restitution of $36,376.49.  Wallette must also register as a sex offender.

 

http://minneapolis.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel11/mp052611b.htm

 

Two Defendants Sentenced For Murder (U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon)

U.S. Attorney Dwight C. Holton announced on May 24, 2011, that U.S. District Court Judge Anna J. Brown sentenced Jolena Warner and Antonio Brito, both of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, for murder.  Based upon their respective roles in the crime, Jolena Warner, 30, was sentenced to 30 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release and Antonio Brito, 25, was sentenced to 18 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Both Lucinda Stwyer and Jolena Warner are enrolled members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

 

www.justice.gov/usao/or/pressroom.htm

 

Mescalero Apache Man Sentenced to 27 Months’ in Prison for Assault with Dangerous Weapons (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced on May 26, 2011, in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M.,  Dennett Jerome Chee, 24, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Nation, was sentenced to a 27-months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for his assault with dangerous weapons conviction. Chee used steel-toed boots to fracture the victim’s jaw.  Chee also was ordered to pay $29,399.97 in restitution to the medical providers who provided medical care to the victim of his assault.

 

www.fbi.gov/albuquerque/press-releases/2011/mescalero-apache-man-sentenced-to-27-months2019-imprisonment-for-assaulting-common-law-wife-with-dangerous-weapons

 

New Mexico Man Arrested for Federal Assault with Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced on May 27, 2011, that Taos, N.M., resident Edward C. Gurule, 32, made an initial appearance on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon, during a federal court session. Gurule, a non-Indian, was charged with assaulting an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Picuris in a residence located within the Pueblo of Picuris Reservation on May 21, 2011. If convicted, Gurule faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, three years of supervised released, and a $250,000 fine. A trial date has yet to be scheduled.

 

www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-05-27_gurule_pr.pdf

 

Montana Resident Makes Initial Appearance in Federal Court for Complaints Alleging Sexual Exploitation of Children, Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced on May 31, 2011, that Helena. Mont., resident Raymond Dean Smith, 42, made an initial appearance on a complaint alleging sexual exploitation of children, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch during a federal court session. If charged, Smith faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and could be sentenced to 30 years, a $250,000 fine and lifetime of supervised release on the sexual exploitation of child charge; a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years on the receipt of child pornography charge; and 10 years in prison on the possession of child pornography charge.

 

www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20110531151405.html

 

Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Deadly Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi)

U.S. Attorney John M. Dowdy, Jr. announced on May 31, 2011, that Maurice McMillan, Jr., of Philadelphia, 25, pleaded guilty on May 27, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves Jr., to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The offense occurred within the boundaries of the Tribal Lands of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. McMillan will be sentenced on Aug. 5, 2011, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

www.justice.gov/usao/mss/press/index.html

 

New York Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Possess and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana (U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York)

U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced June 1, 2011 that Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin sentenced Phillip Lauzon, 50, of Ft. Covington, N.Y., to a term of probation of two years.  Lauzon pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 20 and 40 kilograms of marijuana. Lauzon’s probation will include drug and alcohol testing. Lauzon was ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.

 

www.justice.gov/usao/nyn/news.html

 

Arizona Woman Indicted for Murder in Drunk Driving Crash (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke announced on June 2, 2011, that a federal grand jury in Phoenix returned a two-count indictment against Adrienna Lee Shipp, 19, of Whiteriver, Ariz., charging her with second degree murder and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  The indictment alleges that on May 5, 2011, Shipp killed one minor child and seriously injured another minor child after she ran them over with the truck she was driving while intoxicated within the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation.  A conviction for second degree murder carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, a $250,000 fine or both; a conviction for assault resulting in serious bodily injury carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

 

www.justice.gov/usao/az/news_archive_2011.html

 

Nebraska Man Convicted of Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska)

U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced on June 2, 2011, that the jury returned a guilty verdict against Larry Rouillard, 49, of Niobrara, Neb., on the charge of sexual assault. His sentencing is set for Aug. 25, 2011. Rouillard was interviewed by law enforcement and admitted to sexual contact with the victim while she was unconscious.

www.justice.gov/usao/ne/press/

 

Michigan Man Sentenced for Domestic Assault on Indian Reservation (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan)

U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced June 2, 2011, that David John Culhane II 29, of Mount Pleasant, Mich., was sentenced today to 46 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release for domestic assault by a habitual offender.  In September 2010, Culhane assaulted his girlfriend, who is a tribal member, on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation in Isabella County, Mich.  Culhane is not a member of the tribe.

www.justice.gov/usao/mie/news.htmlMescalero Apache Man Sentenced to 27 Months’ Imprisonment for Assaulting Common-Law Wife with Dangerous WeaponsMescalero Apache Man Sentenced to 27 Months’ Imprisonment for Assaulting Common-Law Wife with Dangerous Weapons

 

Arizona Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Murder (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke announced that District Judge Neil V. Wake on Tuesday sentenced J. Rojelio Thomas Carrillo, of Bapchule, Ariz., to 30 years in prison for murder. Carrillo, 26, pleaded guilty on Feb. 1, 2011, to second degree murder and use of a firearm during a crime of violence resulting in death.  On July 19, 2010, Carrillo, while intoxicated, shot the victim in the back of the head with a single-shot shotgun.

 

http://phoenix.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel11/px060111.htm

 

North Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Assault (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced on June 6, 2011, that Ricky Lafountain, 27, of Dunseith, N.D., pleaded guilty to a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury in U.S. District Court.  The assault charge has a maximum penalty of a $250,000 fine and 10 years in federal prison.

www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/index.html


North Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Assault on Federal Officer (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced on June 6, 2011, that Edward J. Allery, 29, of Belcourt, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of assaulting and resisting a federal officer.  This charge of assaulting and resisting a federal officer carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/index.html

 

Bokchito, Oklahoma Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement and Theft (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma)

U.S. Attorney Mark F. Green announced on June 7, 2011, that Christina Lee Davidson, 30, of Bokchito, Okla. pleaded guilty to embezzlement and theft from an Indian Tribal Organization.  The indictment alleges that the defendant did embezzle, steal, and willfully and knowingly convert to her own use, moneys, funds and credits in excess of $1,000.  The statutory range of punishment is up to 5 years in prison and/or up to $250,000 in fines.

 

www.justice.gov/usao/oke/press.html

 

Muskogee, Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement and Theft from an Indian Tribal Organization (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma)

U.S. Attorney Mark F. Green announced on June 7, 2011, that Ronald Dean Scott, 45, of Ada, Okla., pleaded guilty to embezzlement and theft from the Chickasaw Nation, an Indian Tribal Organization, before the Honorable Frank H. Seay in U.S. District Court. The indictment alleges that the defendant did embezzle, steal and willfully and knowingly convert to his own use, moneys, funds, and credits in excess of $1000. The statutory range of punishment is up to 5 years in prison and/or up to $250,000 in fines.  

www.justice.gov/usao/oke/press.html

 

Montana Man Sentenced in U.S. District Court ((U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced on June 7, 2011, that during a federal court session before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Malloy, Scott Michael McCown, 38, of Bozeman, Mont., was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to attempted tax evasion. In all, McCown failed to claim $50,378.06 in income received during the 2008 tax year, which results in $8,309 of tax that is due and owing. McCown was sentenced to 4 years probation and 6 months of home arrest. McCown was also ordered to pay $100 special assessment, restitution of $8,309 and a fine of $5,000.

 

www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/last20.html

 

South Dakota Man Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced on June 7, 2011, that Hermis Earl Janis Jr., aka Hermis Earl Tall Jr., 20, of Manderson, S.D., was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier to 30 months in custody and 3 years of supervised release. Janis was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.  Janis was indicted for assault with a dangerous weapon on June 23, 2009; he pleaded guilty to the charge on March 18, 2011.

 

www.justice.gov/usao/sd/news.html

 

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced on June 7, 2011, that Thomas Wasicu Hehaka Janis, 26, of Pine Ridge, S.D., pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken during a federal court session. If convicted, Janis faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date will be set at a later date.

 

www.justice.gov/usao/sd/news.html

 

TRIBAL JUSTICE NEWS

May 12, 2011

Contact: Jessica Smith, Office of Public Affairs: (202) 514-2007

Minnesota Woman Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota)

U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced that during a federal court session in Minneapolis on May 4, 2011, Teresa Lynn Hill, a 44-year-old resident of Orr, Minn., was charged in connection with her guilty plea of assault with a dangerous weapon. Hill faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

http://minneapolis.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel11/mp050411f.htm

Wisconsin Man Sentenced for Involuntary Manslaughter (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin)

U.S. Attorney James L. Santelle announced that during a federal court session in Milwaukee on May 5, 2011, John G. Shawano, a 29-year-old resident of the Menominee Indian Reservation, was sentenced to 48 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/wie/press_releases/2011/pr20110509_Sentence_Involuntary_Manslaughter-MIR.pdf

Arizona Man Charged with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke announced that in Phoenix on May 6, 2011, Jaime Abraham Gonzales, a 46-year-old resident of Phoenix was charged with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  If convicted, Gonzales faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, a $4 million dollar fine or both.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/news_archive_2011.html

Minnesota Man Charged with Sexual Assault of a Child (U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota)

U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced that during a federal court session in Minneapolis on May 4, 2011, Reginald John Wind Jr., a 23-year-old resident of Bemidji, Minn., was charged with engaging in a sexual act with a child under the age of 12.

http://minneapolis.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel11/mp050411.htm

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Making False Statement to Federal Agency (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session in Aberdeen, S.D., on May 9, 2011, Roy Rollin Veit, a 22-year-old resident of Timber Lake, S.D., was charged in connection with his guilty plea of making a false statement to a federal agency.  Veit faces a maximum penalty of five years in custody, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-05-09-Roy%20Veit.html

New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty to DUI-Related Involuntary Manslaughter Charge (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that during a federal court session in Albuquerque, N.M., on May 9, 2011, Felix Washburn, a 21-year-old member of the Navajo Nation, was charged in connection with his guilty plea of involuntary manslaughter. Washburn faces a maximum penalty of eight years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-05-09_washburn_pr.pdf

South Dakota Man Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session in Aberdeen, S.D., on May 9, 2011, Eric R. Roubideaux, a 38-year-old resident of Mission, S.D., was sentenced to 41 months in custody, three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.  Roubideaux was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea for assault with a dangerous weapon.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-05-09-Roubideaux.html

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session in Aberdeen, S.D., on May 9, 2011, Dale Haukaas, a 30-year-old resident of St. Francis, S.D., was charged in connection with his guilty plea of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Haukaas faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. 

http://minneapolis.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel11/mp051011.htm


Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Reckless Endangerment (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that during a federal court session in Grand Folks, N.D., on May 9, 2011, Derek A. Reinolt, a 27-year-old resident of Duluth, Minn., was charged in connection to his guilty plea of reckless endangerment. Reinolt faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/05-09-2011-Reinolt%20Plea.pdf

New Mexico Man Sentenced for Rape (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session in Albuquerque, N.M., on May 10, 2011, Sterling Clyde, a 30-year-old member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced to 136 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release. Shawano was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea for aggravated sexual abuse.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-05-10_clyde_pr.pdf

New Mexico Man Sentenced for Child Sex Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that during a federal court session in Albuquerque, N.M., on May 10, 2011, Alexander Frank Torivio, a 35-year-old member of the Pueblo of Acoma, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release. Torivio was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea for engaging in a sexual act with a minor.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-05-10_torivio_pr.pdf

New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty to Assault with Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that during a federal court session in Albuquerque, N.M., on May 11, 2011, Scott Daniel Benavidez, a 29-year-old member of the Pueblo of Kewa, was charged in connection with his guilty plea of assault with dangerous weapon. Benavidez faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/index.html

Utah Man Charged with Assault (U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah)

U.S. Attorney Carlie Christensen announced that during a federal court session in Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 11, 2011, Donovan Ray Silas, a 37-year-old member of the Navajo Nation, was charged with assault. If convicted, Silas faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/ut/press/releases/Navajo%20Nation%20man%20charged%20with%20assault.pdf


TRIBAL JUSTICE NEWS

April 14, 2011

Contact: Jessica Smith, Office of Public Affairs: (202) 514-2007

Oklahoma Woman Sentenced for Embezzlement and Theft from an Indian Tribal Organization (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma) 

U.S. Attorney Mark F. Green announced that during a federal court session in Muskogee, Okla., on April 6, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White, Shirley Lynn Stout, a 50 year-old resident of Talihina, Okla., was sentenced to three years probation, with the first eight months to be served on home detention. Stout was sentenced in connection with her conviction of embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/oke/press.html

Oklahoma Woman Sentenced for Embezzlement and Theft from an Indian Tribal Organization (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma) 

U.S. Attorney Mark F. Green announced that during a federal court session in Muskogee, Okla., on April 6, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White, Jacqueline Denise Smith, a 45-year-old resident of Hugo, Okla., was sentenced to three years probation. Smith was sentenced in connection with her conviction of embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/oke/press.html

Oklahoma Man Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma)

U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats announced that during a federal court session in Oklahoma City, on April 6, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Robin J. Cauthron, Frederick George Hoffman III, 35, was sentenced to 360 months in prison. Hoffman was sentenced in connection with his conviction for producing child pornography.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/okw/news.html

Wisconsin Man Sentenced for Assault of a Federal Officer (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin)

U.S. Attorney James L. Santelle announced that during a federal court session in Neopit, Wis., on April 6, 2011, before U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach, Jerry B. Nahwahquaw, an 18-year-old resident of Neopit, was sentenced to 36 months in prison, $2,283.65 in restitution, a $100 special assessment and three years of supervised.  Nahwahquaw was sentenced in connection for his conviction of assaulting a Menominee Tribal Police officer and damaging a Menominee Tribal Police squad car.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/wie/press_releases/index.html

New Mexico Man Sentenced for DUI-Related Involuntary Manslaughter (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced during a federal court session in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 6, 2011, Tommy Morgan, a 29-year old resident of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced to 12 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Gonzales was sentenced in connection with his conviction of involuntary manslaughter.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/index.html

New Mexico Men Plead Guilty to Second Degree Murder Charges (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced during a federal court session in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 7, 2011, Tyrus Begaye, 34 and Darnell Begay, 36, entered guilty pleas to second degree murder charges. Each man faces 151 to 188 months in prison at sentencing.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/index.html

North Dakota Men Indicted for Embezzlement and Theft from an Indian Tribal Organization (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced during a federal court session in Grand Folks, N.D., on March 31, 2011, before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Alice R. Senechal, Justin Yankton, 37, and Brooke Lynette Black, 28, were charged with embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization and false statements.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/index.html

Colorado Man Sentenced for Domestic Assault (U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado)

U.S. Attorney James Candelaria announced during a federal court session in Denver on April 4, 2011, before by U.S. District Judge Marcia S. Krieger, Christopher L. Romero, a 36-year-old resident of Ignacio, Colo., was sentenced to 37 months in prison. Romero was sentenced in connection with his conviction of committing domestic assault by a habitual offender. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/co/press_releases/2011/index.html

South Dakota Man pleads guilty to Assaulting Father (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced during a federal court session in Norris, S.D., on April 11, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange, Russell F. Eagle Bear III, a 28-year-old-resident of Norris, was charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  Eagle Bear faces up to 10 years in prison; a $250,000 fine; three years of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment.  Restitution may also be ordered.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/news.html

South Dakota Man Sentenced for Bribery (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced during a federal court session in Pierre, S.D., on April 11, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange, Edward Washburn, a 59-year-old Pierre resident, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in custody; 3 years of supervised release; $7,500 restitution to the Cheyenne River Housing Authority; a $10,800 fine and a $100 special assessment. Washburn was sentenced in connection with his conviction with bribery charges.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/news.html


South Dakota Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced during a federal court session in Pierre, S.D., on April 11, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange, Floyd Black Spotted Horse, a 43-year-old Rosebud resident, was sentenced to 108 months in prison, eight years of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100 to the Victim Assistance Fund.  Floyd Black Spotted Horse was sentenced in connection with his conviction of sexual abuse.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/news.html

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TRIBAL JUSTICE NEWS

March 23, 2011

Contact: Jessica Smith, Office of Public Affairs: (202) 514-2007

Texas Man Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session on March 14, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange, Bobby Wayne Thomas, a resident of Jewett, Texas, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, two years of supervised release and a $100 victim assessment. Thomas was sentenced in connection with his conviction of assault with a dangerous weapon.

http://minneapolis.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel11/mp031511.htm

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session on March 15, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange, Nelson Miles Red Bird, a 21-year-old resident of Eagle Butte, S.D., pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. Red Bird faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. Red Bird’s sentencing has been scheduled for June 6, 2011.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2011-03-15-Red%20Bird.html

Montana Man Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, Mont., on March 9, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, Steven Roger Augare, a 51-year-old resident of Browning, Mont., pleaded guilty to making false statements that obstruct public oversight of water supplies for the Blackfeet Tribe. Augare’s sentencing has been scheduled for June 22, 2011.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/last20.html

Minnesota Woman Indicted for Accessory to Murder (U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota)

U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced that during a federal court session, on March 8, 2011, Jerilee Jane Head, a 21-year-old resident of Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minn., was indicted for accessory after the fact of murder.  If convicted, Head faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

http://minneapolis.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel11/mp031611.htm

Montana Man Sentenced for Abusive Sexual Contact with a Minor (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Billings, Mont., on March 17, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, Robert Timothy Swank Sr., a 52-year-old resident of Crow Agency, Mont., was sentenced to 151 months in prison, a $100 Special Assessment and 10 years of supervised release. Swank was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea of abusive sexual contact with a minor.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/last20.html

Idaho Man Indicted for Grand Theft (U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho)

U.S. Attorney B. Wendy J. Olson announced that during a federal court session, on March 8, 2011, Michael Charles Taylor, a 39-year-old member of the Nez Perce Tribe, was indicted for grand theft.  If convicted, Head faces a maximum of 14 years in prison, a $5,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Taylor’s sentencing has been scheduled for May 17, 2011.

http://saltlakecity.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel11/slc031711.htm

South Dakota Man Sentenced for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session on March 11, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange, Morris William Eagle Bull Jr., a 23-year-old resident of Box Elder, S.D., was sentenced to 33 months in prison, three years of supervised release, $200 in restitution and $100 to the Victim’s Assistance Fund. Eagle Bull was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/RC-2011-03-11-Eagle%20Bull.html

New Mexico Man Indicted for Aggravated Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that during a federal court session in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 15, 2011, before District Judge M. Christina Armijo, Sebastiano Coho, a 20-year-old member of the Navajo Nation, was indicted for two counts of aggravated sexual abuse. If convicted, Coho faces up to life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release.

http://www.fbi.gov/albuquerque/press-releases/2011/navajo-man-arraigned-on-federal-rape-charges

New Mexico Man Sentenced for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that during a federal court session in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 16, 2011, Alton Jay Cowboy, a 41-year-old member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced to two years in prison, five years of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender. Cowboy was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea for failure to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-03-17_cowboy_pr.pdf

Washington Man Sentenced for Assault Resulting in Serious Injury (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington)

U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby announced that during a federal court session in Yakima, Wash., on March 17, 2011, Johnathon Frank, a 21-year-old member of the Yakima Nation, was sentenced for assault resulting in serious injury. Frank was sentenced to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/wae/news/2011/2011_03_17_Frank_Sentence.html

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session on March 17, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, Cole Brewer, a 19-year-old resident of Pine Ridge, S.D., pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. Brewer faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Brewer’s sentencing has been scheduled for June 6, 2011.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/RC-2011-03-17-Brewer.html

South Dakota Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement and Theft from an Indian Tribal Organization (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session on March 17, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, Latonna Lynn Weasel Bear, a 38-year-old resident of Pine Ridge, S.D., pleaded guilty to embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization. Weasel Bear faces up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.  Weasel Bear’s sentencing has been scheduled for June 6, 2011.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/RC-2011-03-17-Weasel%20Bear.html

Colorado Man Sentenced for Aggravated Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado)

U.S. Attorney John F. Walsh announced that during a federal court session on March 17, 2011, before Senior U.S. District Court Judge James A. Parker, Adam Frost, a 30-year-old member of the Southern Ute Tribe, was sentenced to 16 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release. Frost was sentenced in connection with his conviction for aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/co/press_releases/2011/March2011/3_18b_10.html

Iowa Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine (U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa)

U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Rose announced that during a federal court session on March 18, 2011, before U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett, Cynthia Koons, a 50-year-old resident of Esterville, Iowa, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Cherokee County, Iowa.  Koon faces a maximum of life in prison, a special assessment of $100 and a maximum of life of supervised release.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/ian/press/March_index.html

New Mexico Man Sentenced for Assault (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that during a federal court session in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 18, 2011, William Skeet, a 20-year-old member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced to 22 months in prison, three years of supervised release, $1,927.20 in restitution to the victim of his assault and $361.15 to Rehobeth McKinley Christian Health Care in Gallup, N.M.  Skeet was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea for assault. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/pr/2011/2011-03-18_skeet_pr.pdf

Michigan Man Sentenced for Domestic Assault (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan)

U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced that during a federal court session, on March 18, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington, Devin Pope, a 26-year-old member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, was sentenced to 44 months in prison and three years of supervised release.  Pope was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea for domestic assault.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mie/index.html

North Dakota Man Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that during a federal court session in Bismarck, N.D., on March 21, 2011, before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Daniel L. Hovland, Frank Marshall, a 21-year-old resident of Fort Yates, N.D., was sentenced to two years and 11 months in prison, three years of supervised release, restitution of $4,757.31 and a special assessment of $100 to the Crime Victim’s Fund. Marshall was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea for assault with a dangerous weapon. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/3-21-2011-Frank-Marshall%20Sentenced.pdf

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session on March 18, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier, Hermis Earl Janis Jr., a 29-year-old resident of Manderson, S.D., pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. Earl Janis faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Earl Janis’ sentencing has been scheduled for June 3, 2011.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/RC-2011-03-18-Janis.html

Montana Woman Indicted for Conspiracy to Convert Tribal Credit Program Proceeds by Federal Employees (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, Mont., on March 21, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, Florence A. White Eagle, a 63-year-old resident of Poplar, Mont., has been indicted for conspiracy to convert tribal credit program proceeds by federal employees; theft and conversion from an Indian tribal organization; concealment of public corruption; public acts affecting a personal financial interest; bribery; and misprision of a felony. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/last20.html

North Dakota Woman Sentenced for Arson (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that during a federal court session in Bismarck, N.D., on March 21, 2011, before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Daniel L. Hovland, Rebecca A. Marshall, a 32-year-old resident of Fort Yates, S.D., was sentenced to 18 months in prison, three years of supervised release, restitution of $69,652.62 and a special assessment of $100 to the Crime Victim’s Fund. Marshall was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea for arson. 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/pressreleases/2011/3-21-2011-Rebecca-Marshall%20Sentence.pdf

Idaho Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine (U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho)

U.S. Attorney B. Wendy J. Olson announced that during a federal court session, on March 21, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge, Daniel Bisher, a 36-year-old member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, was sentenced to 168 months in prison, five years of supervised release, forfeit two firearms in his possession and 100 hours of community service. Bisher was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distributing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/id/news/2011/mar/bisher03212011.html

Idaho Man Sentenced for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho)

U.S. Attorney B. Wendy J. Olson announced that during a federal court session, on March 21, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge, Christopher Clay Gober, a 32-year-old member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, was sentenced to 84 months in prison, three years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. Gober was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea for unlawful possession of a firearm.



TRIBAL JUSTICE NEWS

February 16, 2011

 

Contact: Jessica Smith, Office of Public Affairs: (202) 514-2007

 

New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that during a federal court session in Las Cruces, N.M., on Feb. 8, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge William P. Lynch, Kaul Ray Duffy, a 23-year-old member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Duffy will receive a sentence of five years in prison and three years of supervised release.

 

 

New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Rape Offense (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that during a federal court session in Albuquerque, N.M., on Feb. 8, 2011, before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard L. Puglisi, Derrick Ivan Jim, a 28-year-old member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual abuse. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Jim will be sentenced to a maximum of 188 months in prison and a minimum of five years of supervised release. Jim also will be required to register as a sex offender.

 

 

Florida Man Sentenced for Sale of Machine Guns (U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida)

U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announced that during a federal court session in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 7, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell, Timothy Murray, a 37-year-old member of the Weeki Wachee, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for the unlawful sale of machine guns and a silencer.  The court also ordered Murray to forfeit his weapons.

 

 

Wisconsin Man Charged for Distributing Methamphetamine (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin)

U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil announced that during a federal court session in Madison, Wis., on Feb. 8, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell, Eric E. Garvey, a 40-year-old resident of Webster, Wis., was found guilty on all four charges of distributing methamphetamine. Garvey was the 26th defendant found guilty in the St. Croix Tribal drug investigation. Garvey faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each charge. Garvey’s sentencing has been scheduled for April 20, 2011.

 

 

Idaho Man Sentenced for Abusive Sexual Contact with a Minor (U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho)

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced that during a federal court session in Pocatello, Idaho, on Feb. 7, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge, Mervin Fisher, a 67-year-old member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison and 10 years of supervised release for abusive sexual contact with a minor.

 

 

Iowa Man Convicted of Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine (U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa)

U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Rose announced that during a federal court session in Sioux City, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 2011, before U.S. District Court Judge Donald E. O’Brien, Earl Alexander Stone, a 33-year-old member of the Cherokee Nation, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school and to distribute and possess pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Stone faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, an $8 million fine, a $100 special assessment and 10 years of supervised release. Stone’s sentencing trial has yet to be scheduled.

 

 

Nebraska Man Sentenced for First Degree Murder (U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska)

U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that during a federal court session on Feb. 9, 2011, Shanon Ray Thomas, a 34-year-old resident of Niobrara, Neb., was sentenced to life in prison, a $250,000 fine, a $100 Special Assessment and five years of supervised release following his conviction for first degree murder. He was also sentenced to an additional term of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, a $100 Special Assessment and five years of supervised released for his conviction for use of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Lastly, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, a $100 Special Assessment and three years of supervised released for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The crime was committed on the Santee Sioux Indian Reservation.

 

 

Minnesota Man Sentenced for Involuntary Manslaughter (U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota)

U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced that during a federal court session in Fergus Falls, Minn., on Feb. 9, 2011, before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis, Bruce Wilson Dow Sr., a 62-year-old member of the Red Lake Tribe, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

 

 

Minnesota Man Sentenced for Abusive Sexual Contact with a Minor (U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota)

U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced that during a federal court session in Fergus Falls, Minn., on Feb. 9, 2011, before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis, Eagle Wind Lajeunesse, a 22-year-old member of the Red Lake Tribe, was sentenced to 120 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. Lajeunesse was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea of one count of abusive sexual contact with a minor.

 

 

New York Man Indicted for Theft and Wire Fraud (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York)                                                        

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced that during a federal court session in Buffalo, N.Y., on Feb. 9, 2011, Bergal L. Mitchell III, a former Tribal Councilor of the Seneca Nation of Indians and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Seneca Gaming Corporation, received a 13-count indictment. The indictment charges him with one count each of bribery; theft by an officer or employee of a gaming establishment on Indian land; wire fraud; and conspiracy; as well as eight counts of money laundering. If convicted, Mitchell faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $1million fine for the theft and wire fraud charges; a maximum of 10 years in prison each for the bribery and money laundering charges; and a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy charge. Mitchell’s trial date has yet to be scheduled.

 

 

New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that during a federal court session in Las Cruces, N.M., on Feb. 9, 2011, before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard L. Puglisi, Willis Yazzie, a 32-year-old member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual abuse. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Yazzie will be sentenced to a maximum of 19 years in prison and a minimum of five years of supervised release. Yazzie also will be required to register as a sex offender. Yazzie’s sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

 

 

New Mexico Man Sentenced for Aggravated Assault of a Minor (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that during a federal court session in Albuquerque, N.M., on Feb. 10, 2011, before U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson, Leander Valdo, a 42-year-old member of the Pueblo of Acoma, was sentenced to a 72 months in prison and three years of supervised release based on his conviction for aggravated sexual abuse of a minor. Valdo also will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

 

 

Three Arapaho Tribal Members Indicted for Embezzlement (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming)

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced today that George Moss, Melody St. Clair and Amanda Addison Ortiz of the Wind River Reservation have been indicted for conspiracy to embezzle or convert monies from an organization receiving federal funds, embezzling or converting monies from an organization receiving federal funds and aiding and abetting. The charges carry maximum penalties of up to ten years in prison on each count and restitution will be sought.

 

 

New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that during a federal court session in Albuquerque, N.M., on Feb. 10, 2011, before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard L. Puglisi, Patrick Baptiste, a 51-year-old member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty to second degree murder. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Baptiste will be sentenced to 25 years in prison and five years of supervised release. Valdo’s sentencing has not yet been scheduled.     

 

 

South Dakota Man Convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor by Fear (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session in Aberdeen, S.D., on Feb. 9, 2011, Frederick James One Feather, aka Snow One Feather, age 62, was convicted of two counts of sexual abuse of a minor by fear and one count of abusive sexual contact.  One Feather faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, a $250,000 fine, a minimum of five years of supervised, a $100 special assessment and restitution.

 

        

Washington Man Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Washington)     

U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby announced that during a federal court session on Feb. 11, 2011, Robert L. Picard, a 19-year-old member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation., was sentenced to 84 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Piccard was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. 

 

 

South Dakota Man Sentenced for Embezzlement and Theft (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session on Feb. 7, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann, Kenneth Mark Walking Elk, also known as Kenneth Howard, Jr., a 65-year-old member of Little Eagle, was sentenced to five years of probation, $15,087.84 in restitution and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund. Walking Elk was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea of embezzlement and theft from an Indian Tribal Organization.

 

 

Wisconsin Man Convicted for Involuntary Manslaughter (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin)

U.S. Attorney James L. Santelle announced that during a federal court session in Las Cruces, N.M., on Feb. 3, 2011, John G. Shawano, a 29-year-old member of the Menominee Tribe, was convicted for involuntary manslaughter. Shawano faces a maximum of eight years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. Shawano’s sentencing date has been scheduled for May 5, 2011.

 

Washington Man Sentenced for Illegal Fireworks Dealing (U.S. Attorney for Western District of Washington)                                                                                  U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan announced that during a federal court session in Seattle, Wash., on Feb. 11, 2011, before U.S. District Court Judge Richard A. Jones, Louie Roy Pablo Jr., a 52-year-old member of the Tulalip Tribes, was sentenced to two years of federal probation, including four months of confinement on work release and two months of home detention with electronic monitoring, for dealing in explosive materials without a license. As part of his sentence, Pablo is prohibited from having any contact with fireworks in any way for the next two years.

South Dakota Man Sentenced for Embezzlement and Theft (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session on Feb. 1, 2011, before U.S. District Roberto A. Lange, T. J. Looking Horse, a 21-year-old member of Black Butte, pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. Looking Horse faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

 

 

South Dakota Man Sentenced for Escaping from Community Alternatives of the Black Hills (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session on Jan. 31, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, Kevin High Elk, a 22-year-old resident of Rapid City, S.D., was sentenced to one year and one day in custody, three years of supervised release and a $100 victim assessment. High Elk was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea of failure to return to the Community Alternatives of the Black Hills.

 

 

South Dakota Man Sentenced for Assaulting Elderly Woman (U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that during a federal court session on Feb. 2, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange, Charles William Moran, a 32-year-old resident of Eagle Butte, S.D., was sentenced to 72 months in prison, three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment to the Victims’ Assistance Fund. High Elk was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea of assault with a dangerous weapon. 

 

 

Utah Man Sentenced for Assaulting a Baby (U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah)

U.S. Attorney Carlie Christensen announced that during a federal court session, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Samuel Alba, Warren Joseph Montes, a 19-year-old resident of Montezuma Creek, Utah, pleaded not guilty to the indictment of assault resulting in serious bodily injury while within Indian Country. If convicted, Montes faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Montes trial date has been scheduled for April 18, 2011.

 

 

North Dakota Man Sentenced for Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that during a federal court session in Fargo, N.D., on Feb. 10, 2011, before U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson, James P. Driver, 29-year-old resident of St. Michael, N.D., was sentenced for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The incidents occurred in April 2010 on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. Driver was sentenced to five years and five months in prison, a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victim's Fund and two years of supervised release.

 

 

Idaho’s U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $6.75 Million from Atlantic Richfield Company (U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho)

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced on Feb. 14, 2011, that her office collected $6.75 million from Atlantic Richfield Company pursuant to a Consent Decree in United States of America, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, and the State of Idaho v. Atlantic Richfield Company, Civ. No. 10-578-EJL. The settlement resolves allegations that Atlantic Richfield and its predecessor, Anaconda Company, were liable under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act for response costs and natural resources damages relating to releases of hazardous substances at or from the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund Site in northern Idaho. Atlantic Richfield will pay a total of $5,062,500 to the Environmental Protection Agency for response costs and $1,687,500 to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and the State of Idaho for natural resources damages.

 

 

North Dakota Man Convicted for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that during a federal court session in Fargo, N.D., on Feb. 10, 2011, before U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson, Kimberly A. Carlson, 42-year-old resident of Devils Lake, N.D., was sentenced for embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization. Carlson was sentenced to two years of probation, restitution of $5,339.10 and a $100 special assessment paid to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

 

 

North Carolina Woman Charged for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina)

U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins announced on Feb. 11, 2011 that a federal grand jury indicted Yulonda Renee Wolfe, 39, on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.  The incident occurred on June 10, 2010, within the Cherokee Indians reservation. Wolfe faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Wolfe’s trial date has not yet been scheduled.

 

 

North Carolina Man Indicted on Multiple Federal Firearm Offenses (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina)

U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins announced on Feb. 11, 2011 that a federal grand jury indicted Brandon Keith Martin, 28, on three counts of federal firearms offenses.  Count one of the indictment charges Martin with stealing firearms which have moved in interstate or foreign commerce.  Count two charges Martin with possession, concealment and disposal of stolen firearms, and count three charges him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  The alleged offenses occurred in July 2009 on the Cherokee Indians reservation.  Martin’s trial date has not yet been scheduled.

 

 

Four North Carolina Men Charged With Drug and Firearms Related Offenses (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina)

U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins announced on Feb. 11, 2011 that a federal grand jury indicted Zachariah Lightening Rattler, aka Zebo, age 33, Kevin Robert Wahnetah, age 23, Joshua Levi West, age 22, and Jacob Dewayne Wolfe, age 23, on drug and firearms charges.  Rattler, Wahnetah and West are charged with stealing firearms which have moved in interstate or foreign commerce; possession, concealment and disposal of stolen firearms; use or possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime; and possession of a firearm by a person addicted to a controlled substance.  West is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Wolfe is charged with possession of a firearm by a person addicted to a controlled substance and possession, concealment and disposal of stolen firearms.  The incidents occurred in July 2010 on the Cherokee Indians reservation. Their trial dates have not yet been scheduled.

 

 

Two North Carolina Women Charged for Embezzlement (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina)

U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins announced on Feb. 11, 2011 that a federal grand jury indicted Dorine Renea Reed and Lucy Christine Reed on embezzlement and theft charges. According to the indictment, the defendants embezzled over $1,000 from the Cherokee Historical Association. The two women each face a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Their trial dates have not yet been scheduled.

 

 

Superseding Indictment Charges Two North Carolina Men with Drug Distribution and Embezzlement Charges (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina)

U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins announced on Feb. 11, 2011 that a federal grand jury indicted Thomas Lee Cook, 27, and Humberto Longoria Moreno, 42, on drug related charges.  Count one of the superseding indictment, charges Cook and Moreno with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a violation that carries a minimum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $4 million.  Count two charges Cook and Moreno with the laundering of monies obtained from the sale or distribution of a controlled substance, and knowing that monies were obtained from such unlawful activity.  Cook and Moreno face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for laundering of monies.  The alleged criminal activity took place from 2007 to 2009 on the Cherokee Indians reservation.  Their trial dates have not yet been scheduled.

 

 

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