Published On: Mon, Apr 8th, 2013

Cherokee residents sentenced in federal court

NOTE: U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins announced the following federal sentences from Thursday, April 4. 

Wolfe and Wolfe sentenced for Robbery

U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Leonard Dawayne Wolfe, 21, of Cherokee to serve 57 months in prison and three years of supervised release.  Wolfe, an EBCI tribal member, pleaded guilty in January 2012 to one count of robbery.  His co-conspirator, Terry Lee Wolfe, 27, also of Cherokee and a non-Indian, pleaded guilty to a single robbery charge and was sentenced to 63 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

 

Larch sentenced for Robbery

U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Tanner Moren Eagle Larch, 22, an EBCI tribal member of Cherokee, to serve 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release.  Larch pleaded guilty in May 2012 to two counts of robbery.  Larch’s co-defendant, Regina Dawn Bird, 20, an EBCI tribal member also of Cherokee, pleaded guilty in May 2012 to one count of robbery.  She was sentenced to 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

 

Newton sentenced for Sexual Contact with a Minor

U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Daron Wayne Newton, 42, of Cherokee, to serve 262 months in prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release.  In January 2012, Newton, a non-Indian, pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact with a minor.  He was ordered to register as a sex offender.

 

Taylor sentenced for Assault Charges

U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Ruth Ann Taylor, 47, to serve 48 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.  In September 2012, Taylor, a non-Indian, pleaded guilty to one count of inflicting serious bodily injury.  Taylor has previously been banished by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, but nevertheless committed this assault on the reservation.

 

Hernandez sentenced for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Isidro Hernandez Hernandez, 34, of Mexico, to serve 168 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release.  In March 2012, Hernandez, a non-Indian, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a minor.  He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

 

Bird sentenced for Gun Possession

U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced John Douglas Bird Sr., 45, an EBCI tribal member of Cherokee, to 15 months in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release.  Bird pleaded guilty in August 2012 to felon in possession of a firearm.

– U.S. Attorney’s Office   

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