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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
MASTERMIND of Chukchansi Casino Raid Surrenders to Authorities
John Oliveira, the tribal police chief who was the mastermind of the armed raid that led to the shutdown of Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, turned himself in Wednesday morning.
Oliveira was among the men, including Tex McDonald, recently beaten in jail and Vernon King, at a hearing in Madera County Superior Court.
Oliveira was wanted on a $800,000 warrant. In an interview with The Bee last week, he said he would turn himself in at Wednesday’s hearing. His bail was set Wednesday at $1.25 million.
Before the hearing began, supporters of the men who raided Chukchansi gaming offices Oct. 9 rallied outside the courthouse.
Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz filed felony charges Oct. 31 against Oliveira and 14 others for their armed entry into the hotel and gaming commission offices. McDonald is the leader of one of the contentious factions of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians. At an arraignment last week, McDonald’s bail was set at $2.4 million and King’s at $1.75 million. The judge at Wednesday’s hearing ruled those bail levels would not be changed.
Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/11/12/4231092_chukchansi-tribal-police-chief.html?sp=/99/217/&rh=1#storylink=cpy