Augare charged, pleads guilty in tribal court

LEWIS AND CLARK COUNTY

POSTED: 11:56 AM Oct 24 2013
HELENA, Mont. -

A state senator and Blackfeet leader has pleaded guilty in tribal court to charges similar to those he faces in federal court.
    
Blackfeet court documents obtained by The Associated Press Thursday show Shannon Augare was both charged and pleaded guilty on Wednesday to threatening a public official, DUI and reckless driving.
    
Chief Judge Allie Edwards' order gives Augare a 37-day suspended jail sentence. Most of a $1,150 fine also was suspended.
    
Augare was accused of fleeing a Glacier County sheriff's deputy during a May traffic stop.
    
The surprise guilty plea in tribal court comes after federal prosecutors filed similar misdemeanor charges against Augare and prompted a legal battle over jurisdiction.
    
U.S. attorney spokeswoman Victoria Francis declined to comment on what effect the tribal proceedings may have on the federal case.