Winnebago Men Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that on January 23, 2017, the Honorable Laurie Smith Camp, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, sentenced Anthony Whitewater, 24, and Marcus Blackhawk, 27, to the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons after they were found guilty by a federal jury of assault with a dangerous weapon and use of a firearm during a crime of violence. Whitewater was sentenced to a total of 241 months in prison. Blackhawk was sentenced to a total of 121 months in prison. Both are enrolled members of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
In the early morning hours of May 2, 2016, Whitewater attended a party at a residence in Winnebago, Nebraska. While at the party, Whitewater became involved in a conflict with another person. The conflict resulted in Whitewater being punched in the face and receiving a bloody nose. Whitewater was kicked out of the party and vowed to return. Believing that the person with whom he had had the conflict was traveling in a vehicle leaving the party, Whitewater, while being driven in a vehicle operated by his brother, Marcus Blackhawk, began a high-speed chase of the other vehicle while shooting at the occupants of that vehicle. The fleeing vehicle was hit by Whitewater’s weapon seven times. Fortunately, neither of the occupants of the fleeing vehicle were hit. As it turns out, the people in the vehicle were not involved in the earlier altercation. Whitewater was also prohibited from possessing firearms as a consequence of prior felony convictions.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.