Idaho tribal leader sentenced on theft charges

Boise, Idaho (AP) July 2012

The former chairman of an American Indian tribe in Idaho and Nevada will spend nearly a year under the supervision of the federal Bureau of Prisons after pleading guilty to theft.

A federal judge has recommended 38-year-old Kyle Prior of Caldwell serve his time at a residential re-entry center in southwestern Idaho.  

Prior, a former chairman of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes in southern Idaho and northern Nevada, was also ordered to pay nearly $36,500 in restitution at his sentencing.

Prior was executive director of the Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation from September 2008 and July 2009. It was during that time that prosecutors say he stole money intended to help enact a fish and wildlife program.

Prior pleaded guilty in January to using a foundation debit card to enrich himself.