Blackfeet youth project defendants seek delay

2013-11-02T10:15:00Z 2013-11-03T00:13:18Z Blackfeet youth project defendants seek delayThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 02, 2013 10:15 am  • 

HELENA — Five people charged with embezzling from a $9.3 million federal program for troubled Blackfeet Indian youth are asking a judge to push back their Jan. 13 trial date.

Attorneys for Francis Onstad, Delyle “Shanny” Augare, Gary Conti, Dorothy Still Smoking and Katheryn Sherman filed a joint motion Thursday seeking the delay because of the volume of evidence.

The court filing says the defense attorneys must review 3,000 pages of documents federal prosecutors have turned over, along with 45 additional boxes of documents related to the Po’Ka project for troubled youth.

They are asking

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen to delay

the trial by at least 30 days.

The defendants face a total of 37 criminal counts related to the now-defunct program for troubled youth.

They have pleaded not guilty.

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