Belcourt Man Pleads Guilty to Burglary
BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on
Jan. 23, 2012, Frank Patnaude, 23, Belcourt, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court
to a charge of burglary. On Dec. 19, 2011, co-defendant Brandin Decoteau, 23, of
Bismarck, N.D., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of burglary and
possession of a stolen firearm.
On April 14, 2010, Patnaude provided his vehicle to Decoteau to aid in the
burglary of a home in the Belcourt area. Decoteau entered the home by kicking in the
door, and Decoteau took a rifle. Decoteau later sold the rifle to another person, who
turned it into law enforcement officials upon learning the rifle was stolen.
The charge of burglary carries a statutory maximum penalty of five years in federal
prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of possession of a stolen firearm carries a
statutory maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Turtle Mountain Agency.
Sentencing for Patnaude has been scheduled for April 16, 2012, in U.S. District
Court in Bismarck, N.D., at 11:00 a.m.
Sentencing for Decoteau has been scheduled for Feb. 27, 2012, in U.S. District
Court in Minot, N.D., at 11:00 a.m.
Assistant United States Attorney Brandi Sasse Russell is prosecuting the case.