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Tribal Member Sentenced for Robbery on Coeur d'Alene Reservation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho

COEUR D'ALENE - David Ray Crowe, Sr., 46, of Worley, Idaho, was sentenced today to 84 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for robbery of a smoke shop on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  During the term of supervised release, Crowe will have to submit to searches of his person, home and automobile, he will have to refrain from bars and alcohol consumption, and submit to drug testing up to five times per month.  U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Crowe to pay restitution in the amount of $20,348.44 to the store and victim.  Crowe pleaded guilty to the charge on November 20, 2014.

According to the plea agreement, Crowe admitted that on January 3, 2014, he went into the Stubby Lake Smoke Shop in the early morning hours and threatened an employee with a knife.  He demanded money, her car keys and told the employee not to scream or he would kill her.  Crowe took cash, cartons of cigarettes, a laptop computer and the employee’s 2012 Subaru Forester.  The United States prosecuted the case because the events occurred within the boundaries of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation and Crowe is an enrolled tribal member.

“I commend the collaborative efforts of the tribal and federal law enforcement officers,” said Olson.  “My office will continue to vigorously prosecute violent crimes in Indian Country and work with the tribal authorities to make the reservations safer places to live and work.”

The case was investigated by Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated March 31, 2015