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Posts tagged: Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation

DNA on shorts link man to store burglary

A Spokane man linked to a burglary by a pair of shorts left near the scene has pleaded guilty to theft.

 Samuel Sidney Allman IV, 23, will be sentenced Jan. 10 in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene after pleading guilty Tuesday to theft from an Indian tribal organization.

Allman broke into the Benewah Market on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation in Plummer, Idaho, on Aug. 22 and stole $1,740 from registers.

Store alarms alerted Coeur d'Alene Tribal police officers, who found a pair of shorts in an alley next to the market. DNA on the shorts was determined to belong to Allman through FBI forensic analysis. Store surveillance video showed Allman wearing the shorts as he broke into the store and stole cash, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office

The Benewah Market is owned by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.

Allman faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of probation. Under a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend a sentence within the guideline, which is likely much less than five years.

The plea deal also calls for a felony burglary and car theft case in Spokane County filed in July to be dismissed after Allman pleads guilty and pays $3,950 in restitution.

Woman gets 30 days for fatal DUI crash

A motorist who accidentally hit and killed a close friend on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation after dropping him off following a night of drinking avoided prison when she was sentenced in U.S. District Court recently.

 Andrea M. George, 19, will spend 30 days in jail, six months in a halfway house and be on home confinement under a sentence imposed in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene, where she pleaded guilty in July to involuntary manslaughter.

George is to  complete 80 hours of community service and pay $3,000 in restitution. Her license will be suspended for a year.

George had a blood-alcohol level of .151 after the April 19, 2010, crash on Desmet Road at Ajot Road that killed Patrick A. Gourneau, 22, of Tensed, Idaho.

George had let Gourneau out of the car after an argument and was returning to him when she struck him while cresting a hill in a 2002 Honda Civic on Desmet Road just before 6 a.m.

George was airlifted to a Spokane hospital and has undergone several surgeries, according to court documents.
“Andrea often comments that she wishes it was her that had been killed in the accident,” according to a sentencing memorandum prepared by her lawyer, Jim Siebe. “…Andrea cannot remember anything about the accident, which has caused significant nightmares and distress, as her mind naturally tries to fill in the blanks for an event for which she has no memory.”

George is enrolled at North Idaho College and wants to open a bakery, according to the memorandum.
Prosecutors called for George to be sentenced to 30 months in prison, but Siebe said that wasn't necessary.

“Without question, Andrea can do more outside of prison to foster/engender public awareness of the perils of drinking and driving,” according to the memo. “She can show by example that someone can pull herself up by the bootstraps, so to speak, and change a life of unemployment/alcohol abuse to gainful employment, education and productivity.”

George was sentenced Sept. 7.

Driver who killed pedestrian pleads guilty

A motorist who killed a pedestrian while drunk on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation last year has pleaded guilty.

 Andrea M. George, 19, faces up to eight years in prison, a $250,000 fine and no more than three years probation for the April 19, 2010, crash on Desmet Road at Ajot Road that killed Patrick A. Gourneau, 22, of Tensed, Idaho.

Gourneau was walking when George struck him while cresting a hill in a 2002 Honda Civic on Desmet Road just before 6 a.m.

George was airlifted to a Spokane hospital but has since recovered. She was indicted by a grand jury for involuntary manslaughter in November.

She's to be sentenced Sept. 7 in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene.

Grand jury indicts driver in fatal crash

A motorist who killed a pedestrian while intoxicated last April on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation, has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Andrea M. George, who was 18 at the time of the crash, is charged with involuntary manslaughter for the April 19 crash on Desmet Road at Ajot Road that killed Patrick A. Gourneau, 22, of Tensed, Idaho.

Gourneau was walking when George struck him while cresting a hill in a 2002 Honda Civic on Desmet Road just before 6 a.m.

George was airlifted to a Spokane hospital but has since recovered. She booked into the Kootenai County Jail Thursday after a grand jury indicted her on the involuntary manslaughter charge, which carries a maximum penalty of eights years in prison or a $250,000 fine and no more than three years probation.

The charge alleges George was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and was speeding at the time for the crash. Her first appearance in U.S. District Court is scheduled for Monday in Coeur d’Alene.

Meth seller on CdA Indian rez gets 5 years

A Worley, Idaho woman will spend five years in federal prison for buying and selling methamphetamine on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation.

 Jackie L. Moffitt, alias Jackie Allen, 44, also admitted to transporting about two pounds of the drug from the Tri-Cities, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Moffitt was sentenced Tuesday to 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge in Coeur d’Alene. She’ll be on probation and will be required to take random drug tests, undergo drug treatment and maintain employment or go to school.

Moffit is among 16 people prosecuted in a sweeping methamphetamine bust.

Moffitt’s lawyer said she played a small role in the group and sought only to feed her addiction, not to profit financially.

Moffitt “cased her association with her co-defendants and her criminal activities long before she was arrested,” according to a sentencing memorandum.

Moffitt cooperated with investigators but was arrested after her co-defendants, meaning “the information she provided was not as productive as it might otherwise have been.”

Moffitt had at least three drunken driving convictions but no felony convictions until now.

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