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(SD)-Plea Deal In Red Cloud Indian School Video Case

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/27/2018 06:22 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The Tennessee man arrested at the Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge for making threats to the school in a video back in September has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

      In a plea agreement filed with the court last week and set for a formal entering next Monday, Daniel Richardson agreed to plead guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm with charges of threatening communications and possession of a firearm in a school zone being dropped.

       Richardson could get up to 10 years in prison, but prosecutors have agreed as part of the plea deal not to ask for no more than 5 years - although the judge isn't required to follow it.

      According to the factual basis statement signed by Richardson, he was invited to an open house at Red Cloud after sending a donation but concerned Red Cloud administrators alerted police after he sent them a video raising threats because the school is run by the Jesuits.

       Richardson was arrested on tribal charges at the school after officers found 3 guns, a machete and a sword in his truck. FBI agents found more guns and 2 unregistered silencers in Richardson's fifth-wheel trailer interior.


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