Rodney George Plenty Hawk Jr. Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on October 16, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, RODNEY GEORGE PLENTY HAWK JR., a 31-year-old resident of Crow Agency, pled guilty to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm. Sentencing is set for January 14, 2010. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
During the early morning hours of December 29, 2008, a Big Horn County deputy performed a traffic stop on a car on the Crow Indian Reservation. The stop was made because the car was being driven erratically. During the stop, the officer smelled alcohol on the breath of the driver and saw beer cans in the car. After removing the occupants from the car, a Talon .380 caliber pistol was found in a map pocket on the back of the driver's seat, directly in front of where PLENTY HAWK had been sitting.
The passengers and the driver were interviewed and told the investigating agents that PLENTY HAWK had the pistol in his possession that night and that he brought it with him when he got into the car. PLENTY HAWK passed the pistol around the car. Consequently, two of the passengers were able to identify the pistol possessed by PLENTY HAWK from a photograph taken of the pistol after its seizure by law enforcement.
Prior to his possession of the pistol on December 29, 2008, PLENTY HAWK had previously been convicted of a felony.
PLENTY HAWK faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.