Creston Kindness Pleads Guilty In U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on June 12, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, CRESTON KINDNESS, a 30-year-old resident of Fort Hall, Idaho, and an enrolled member of a federally-recognized tribe, pled guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Sentencing has been set for September 25, 2013. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danna R. Jackson, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
KINDNESS became agitated when the victim did not tell him where his girlfriend was so he shot the victim in the leg with a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun. The handgun was found in the bathroom, where KINDNESS had been when he was apprehended by tribal law enforcement.
The bullet went through the victim's leg and she was hospitalized for two nights. The bullet, that was retrieved at the crime scene, had mushroomed.
The crime occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation.
KINDNESS faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.