Kayla Dawn Roundstone Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on October 20, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, KAYLA DAWN ROUNDSTONE, a 20-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, pled guilty to theft. Sentencing has been set for January 19, 2011. She is currently released on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori H. Suek, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On April 5, 2009, a Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office deputy was called to a location on the Crow Reservation on Highway 87 E near the Pryor Road intersection because there was a report that a man was hurt and in the ditch. When the deputy arrived, he found the man in the ditch and his girlfriend was also hiding in the ditch. The man was bleeding and stated that the people that were in a nearby Ford Expedition had assaulted him. At that point, the Expedition drove away, leaving ROUNDSTONE behind. She ran after the Expedition for a period of time and then she turned around, got into the deputy's patrol car, and drove off. In the back of the patrol car was the deputy's drug dog. The value of the patrol car and the dog exceeds $30,000.
ROUNDSTONE was apprehended about 30 miles from the location where she stole the car.
ROUNDSTONE faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.