McLaughlin Woman Sentenced for Destroying Document
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin woman charged with Concealing and Destroying a Document was sentenced on June 13, 2011, by United States District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. Shirley White Buffalo, age 64, was sentenced to three years of probation and $100 to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Shirley White Buffalo was indicted for Tampering with Witnesses, Concealing and Destroying a Material Document, and for Making a False Declaration to a Federal Grand Jury by a federal grand jury on August 17, 2010. She pled guilty to Concealing and Destroying a Document on February 28, 2011. The document White Buffalo destroyed was a sexual abuse disclosure note written by a victim advising White Buffalo that her live-in boyfriend, Frederick James One Feather, was sexually abusing White Buffalo’s minor female relative. Frederick One Feather was earlier convicted of three counts of sexual assault and sentenced to two life sentences.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted the case.