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District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Spokane Man Sentenced for Attempted Robbery on Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation

COEUR D'ALENE – Sylvester Trevon Tuggles, Jr., 21, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 70 months in federal prison for attempted robbery, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today. Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also ordered Tuggles to serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence. Tuggles pleaded guilty to the charge on August 19, 2020.

According to court records, on January 8, 2019, Tuggles and Isaiah James Harrington, 20, also of Spokane, followed a man from Spokane Valley, Washington to the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation, in Idaho, to rob him. When the man exited his car, Tuggles and Harrington approached, pointed a firearm, and demanded money. Before they could take the man’s money, Tuggles and Harrington fled when they observed people coming to help from a nearby residence.

Earlier this year, Harrington was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in the attempted robbery. McKenna Marie Buss, 22, of Bellingham, Washington, was sentenced to five years of probation and nine months of home confinement for aiding the attempted robbery by driving Tuggles and Harrington.

This case was prosecuted in federal court because the crime occurred within the boundaries of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police Department, and Plummer Police Department.

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Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Contact: 
CASSIE FULGHUM Public Information Officer (208) 334-1211
Updated November 17, 2020