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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pocatello Man Pleads Guilty To Assaulting An Officer On The Fort Hall Indian Reservation

POCATELLO – Lyle Plentywounds, Sr., 58, of Pocatello, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to assaulting an officer, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

According to the plea agreement, on May 2, 2013, a Fort Hall Police officer responded to a report that Plentywounds was intoxicated and creating a disturbance at a residence on the reservation. After making contact and determining that Plentywounds was in fact intoxicated, the officer attempted to gain entry to the residence but was blocked by the defendant. Plentywounds told the officer he was a martial artist and an ex-convict and that he “hated cops. He then kicked the officer in the chest. When the officer attempted to arrest him, Plentywounds struck him in the face with his hand.

The charge of assault on an officer is punishable by up to eight years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.

Plentywounds is scheduled to be sentenced on February 18, 2014, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello.

The case was investigated by the Fort Hall Police Department.