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Katrinda Sarah Plain Bull Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 18, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, KATRINDA SARAH PLAIN BULL, a 28-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, pled guilty to robbery/aiding and abetting. Sentencing has been set for November 19. She 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 afternoon of December 12, 2009, Otis Yellow Mule and PLAIN BULL knocked on the door of the victim's house in Wyola, which is within the boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation, wanting to come inside. The victim refused to let them in her house, so Yellow Mule sprayed the victim with pepper spray while PLAIN BULL pushed her way into the victim's house. The victim fled out of the back door of her house and ran to the home of a neighbor.

Yellow Mule and PLAIN BULL stole the victim's purse and a box containing prescription medications. They then drove away from her house, past the neighbor's house, and yelled obscenities as they drove by.

Yellow Mule and PLAIN BULL were arrested that same day by Bureau of Indian Affairs police. The police recovered a pepper spray canister. Items belonging to the victim were subsequently recovered from the home of PLAIN BULL's mother, where Yellow Mule and PLAIN BULL stopped immediately after the robbery. Finally, ATM transaction records and witnesses confirm that Yellow Mule attempted to use the victim's debit card to withdraw cash from her bank account at a gas station in Lodge Grass shortly after the robbery. The debit card was found in the car that Yellow Mule and PLAIN BULL were driving prior to their arrest.

PLAIN BULL faces possible penalties of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

Yellow Mule pled guilty to federal charges and has been sentenced.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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