Harrison J. Rock Above Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 15, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, HARRISON J. ROCK ABOVE, a 21-year-old resident of Crow Agency and an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe of Indians, pled guilty to theft of government property. Sentencing has been set for May 17, 2012. He is currently released on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Vincent Carroll, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On July 23, 2011, a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer arrested ROCK ABOVE for public intoxication, handcuffed him with his hands behind him, and placed him in the back of the police vehicle. ROCK ABOVE was able to move his handcuffed hands from his back to his front, and push open the divider between the back and front seats of the police vehicle. ROCK ABOVE then crawled through the divider, got behind the steering wheel, floored the accelerator, and began driving away in the police vehicle. ROCK ABOVE, however, hit two other vehicles and crashed, causing significant damage to the police vehicle and the two other vehicles. The police vehicle was a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe LS, and is owned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Tahoe's estimated value is $24,000, and the damage to the Tahoe is estimated at $9,960.61.
ROCK ABOVE 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.