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Katrinda Sarah Plain Bull Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on November 18, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, KATRINDA SARAH PLAIN BULL, a 28-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared for sentencing. PLAIN BULL was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 36 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Restitution: $120
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

PLAIN BULL was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to robbery/aiding and abetting.

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.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that PLAIN BULL will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, PLAIN BULL does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

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.



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