Tiffany Ruth Shoulder Blade Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on January 18, 2012, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, TIFFANY RUTH SHOULDER BLADE, a 19-year-old resident of Lame Deer, pled guilty to theft of government property. Sentencing has been set for April 18, 2012.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Carroll, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On March 21, 2011, a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer received a call regarding a possible assault in Busby, which was within the exterior boundaries of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. When the officer responded, he observed an individual run from the scene. The officer parked his patrol vehicle, got out, and began chasing the individual. SHOULDER BLADE and other individuals were standing near the patrol vehicle. SHOULDER BLADE got into the BIA patrol vehicle and sped away heading east. SHOULDER BLADE wrecked the vehicle a short distance away.
The patrol vehicle was owned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, an agency of the United States Government. The patrol vehicle was valued at approximately $23,000.
SHOULDER BLADE faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.