Thursday, November 19, 2009

PECHANGA TRIBAL MEMBER, FELON: Pleads GUILTY! to avoid LIFE SENTENCE

The citizens of Riverside County are a little safer. One of the Masiel Crime Family members of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians is GUILTY of: ASSAULT, POSSESSION of a Firearm by a FELON, and other nefarious crimes.

Will this make the Riverside Press Enterprise? Will the tribe strip Masiel of his $360,000 per year per capita? Will California be able to place a lien on that money to pay for his incarceration? Will he be disenrolled for actions hurting the Pechanga Tribe?

A Pechanga tribal member and parolee who fired into a group in anger over an unpaid debt pleaded guilty today to assault with a semiautomatic firearm and other felonies and was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison.

Robert Martin Masiel, who lives on the Soboba Indian Reservation, also pleaded guilty to four counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and one count each of possession of controlled substances and attempting to smuggle crystal methamphetamine into a correctional facility.

He also admitted violating parole.

The last two counts were connected to older cases that Masiel had pending.

”It’s wonderful that he was willing to take responsibility,” said Deputy District Attorney Edward Jensen, who added that ”16 years and four months is a long time.”

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