Teen pleads guilty to pointing rifle at officers

Billings, Montana (AP) April 2010

An Ashland teen pleaded guilty to pointing a rifle at two Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement officers who were responding to a report the teen had assaulted his girlfriend, federal prosecutors said.

Sky Miguel Little Coyote, 18, was detained after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Billings. He will be sentenced on June 30 on the charge of assaulting a federal officer. He faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

A Bureau of Indian Affairs officer responded to a Nov. 26 call that Little Coyote was drunk and had kicked in the door and assaulted his girlfriend at his home in Ashland, on the eastern edge of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, according to prosecutors.

Little Coyote’s mother told the officers that her son had run toward the river with a rifle. The teen pointed his rifle at the officer when he caught up with him, prosecutors said. The officer, who was in his patrol car, leaned down in his vehicle, drew his gun and called dispatchers.

A second officer arrived and told Little Coyote to drop the rifle, and the teen turned and pointed the rifle at him, according to prosecutors. The teen was arrested after the second officer threatened to shoot Little Coyote if he did not throw down the rifle.