Native American Press / Ojibwe News

September 20, 2002
Theresa Ann Stately and Nola Jean Parkhurst indicted in federal court

Duluth—Two members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians appeared in federal court today for allegedly taking action related to the robbery and beating of another Band member.

Theresa Ann Stately, age 35, was charged with one count of robbery and two counts of aggravated assault, while Nola Jean Parkhurst, age 33, was charged with two counts of aiding and abetting aggravated assault.

According to the Indictment unsealed today, Stately took or attempted to take by force a backpack belonging to another member of the Red Lake Band.  Stately, with the aid of Nola Jean Parkhurst, also assaulted the victim with a tire iron and softball bat, causing serious bodily harm, the Indictment alleges. 

If convicted, Stately faces a maximum potential penalty of 15 years in federal prison on the robbery charge and 10 years in federal prison on each of the aggravated assault charges.  Parkhurst faces a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison on each aiding-and-abetting charge.  Any sentence would be determined by a judge, based on the federal sentencing guidlelines.  The defendants were released from custody with conditions.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Red Lake law enforcement and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.



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