- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The final defendant in a group that committed an armed home invasion on the Coushatta Tribal Reservation near Elton has pleaded guilty.

Thirty-five-year-old Floyd Marshall Martine, of Ragley, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi to one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence.

Martine, along with John Materne, Chanten Gauthreaux, Trevor Simon, and another suspect traveled on Dec. 3, to the home of an acquaintance located on tribal property in order to steal illegal drugs.

Materne and two of the victims are Native American and members of the Coushatta Tribe.

Martine faces seven years to life in prison in prison. Sentencing is set for Sept. 18.



U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, in a news release, said Simon drove the vehicle. With Materne carrying a shotgun, he and Martine entered the home. While they were robbing the inhabitants, Gauthreaux entered the trailer and helped take pills and marijuana. The group was later arrested.

Simon, Gauthreaux and Materne pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of robbery in Indian County, which carries up to 15 years in prison. Materne also pleaded guilty to one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence.

Simon is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 30; Gauthreaux’s sentencing is Sept. 11 and Materne is to be sentenced Sept. 4.

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