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Man Sentenced to 38 Months in Prison for Threatening Tribal Police Officers

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – Roy Redeye, age 39, of Cortland and Akwesasne, New York, was sentenced today to serve 38 months in prison for threatening to injure Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Police Department Officers.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Saint Regis Mohawk Police Chief Matthew Rourke, and James C. Spero, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn also sentenced Redeye to serve a 3-year term of supervised release, to be served after Redeye is released from prison.

As part of his plea on December 9, 2015, Redeye admitted that in February 2015, he posted messages to Facebook in which he threatened to kill or injure three Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Police Department Officers.

U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian stated: "The defendant threatened to injure and kill police officers and received a sentence that reflects the seriousness of his crime. This successful prosecution is the result of the excellent and close cooperation among federal, tribal and local law enforcement that my Office has fostered in the Northern District of New York."

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Police Chief Matthew Rourke stated: "This was a good outcome for public safety at all levels and the community as a whole. Internet safety is the key, be aware that your actions, including threats, and especially against law enforcement, will be taken seriously." Police Chief Rourke thanked Homeland Security Investigations, the Cortland Police Department, and the United States Attorney for their combined effort.

This case was investigated and assisted by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, the Cortland Police Department, and the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Horsman prosecuted the case under United States Attorney Hartunian’s Indian Country public safety initiative.

Updated April 8, 2016

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