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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

October 18, 2010

Timothy Q. Purdon, United States Attorney

Contact: Beth Lang
(701) 530-2420
(701) 530-2421 (fax)

Bismarck Man Pleads Guilty to White Shield Apartment Burglary

MINOT — United States Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on October 18, 2010, Robert J. Painte, 21, of Bismarck, North Dakota, pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland to a charge of burglary.

On July 26, 2009, Painte and co-defendant Derrick LaCroix were at an apartment complex in White Shield, North Dakota. Painte entered an apartment through the front door and handed one or more firearms out a window to LaCroix. When a car drove up to the apartment building, Painte and LaCroix took off running, dropping the firearms in a field near the apartment complex.

The charge of burglary carries a statutory maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Fort Berthold Agency, Three Affiliated Tribes Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Sentencing for Painte has been scheduled for February 14, 2011, in United States District Court in Minot, North Dakota, at 11:00 a.m.

Sentencing for LaCroix has been scheduled for January 3, 2011, in United States District Court in Minot, North Dakota, at 4:00 p.m.

Assistant United States Attorney Rick Volk is prosecuting the case.

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