- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A former Blackfeet tribal councilwoman plans to plead guilty to federal charges of harboring a fugitive and lying to authorities.

Cheryl Little Dog filed a motion to change her plea on Friday, days after U.S. District Judge Brian Morris denied her request to suppress evidence from the search of her home that turned up South Dakota fugitive Frank Gallardo.

Prosecutors say Little Dog told U.S. marshals and FBI agents that Gallardo was not in her home.

Officers later found Gallardo, who was wanted on charges of molesting an 8-year-old girl, in the home’s crawl space.

Little Dog earlier argued she was coerced into giving officers permission to search her home because they had weapons drawn.

On Tuesday, Morris ruled that she consented to the search.


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