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Robert Donald Ahenakew Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Friday, June 08, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on June 7, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, ROBERT DONALD AHENAKEW, a 32-year-old resident of Browning, pled guilty to Burglary. Sentencing has been set for September 13, 2012. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

ROBERT DONALD AHENAKEW is an enrolled member of a federally-recognized tribe. The following events took place within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

On or about December 11, 2010, ROBERT AHENAKEW and Ivan Dean Ingraham kicked down the door of a residence on the Blackfeet Reservation and entered without permission. AHENAKEW had been at the house earlier and was escorted out following an argument over cigarettes. AHENAKEW then recruited Ivan Dean Ingraham so they could return to the house to "get a fair fight." Two other individuals were in tow but did not enter the house.

There were people occupying the residence when the group returned, including a male who worked to move the altercation out to the yard. AHENAKEW was apprehended at the scene while in the process of confronting a neighbor who witnessed part of the yard events from his neighboring home.

AHENAKEW faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $50,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

Ivan Dean Ingraham has plead guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services.



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