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Ponemah Man Sentenced to Prison for Attempted Robbery of Red Lake Home

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

MINNEAPOLIS – A Ponemah man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and owes $500 in restitution for attempted robbery occurring within the boundary of the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

According to court documents, on September 24, 2022, Justice Edward Desjarlait, 27, attempted to rob a residence on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Carrying an unloaded rifle, Desjarlait knocked on the front door of the residence, raised the rifle and demanded, “Give me all of your [expletive].” Desjarlait then attempted to open the storm door in order to enter the house, but the door was locked so he fled without taking anything from the home.

On February 5, 2024, Desjarlait pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge Joan N. Ericksen on June 5, 2024.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the U.S. Border Patrol with assistance from the FBI.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily A. Polachek prosecuted the case.

Updated June 13, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice