Federal Court Collects Almost $250,000 in Restitution from Member of Coushatta Indian Tribe
LAFAYETTE, LA—In December of 2011, Jordan Hawk John, a member of the Coushatta Indian Tribe, was charged federally with simple burglary after he set fire to the Coushatta Convenience Store in Elton, Louisiana. The fire caused $249,999.94 in damage. John, 18, of Kinder, Louisiana, pled guilty on January 19, 2012, to simple burglary and was sentenced on May 24, 2012, to one year in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi ordered the defendant to pay the full amount of the fire damage plus a $1,000 fine and a $100 victim witness assessment fee.
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