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Fort Peck Tribal Officer Gets 1 Year in Prison For Stealing Drug Evidence

MONTANA DEP’T OF JUSTICE

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GREAT FALLS – Former Fort Peck Tribal Officer Mikkel Derrik Shields was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison, one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay $1,149.06 in restitution. The sentencing happened before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, in Great Falls, Montana. 

In an offer of proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan G. Weldon, the government explained that Shields, while on duty, broke into the evidence room at the Fort Peck Tribal Law and Justice Building. While there, Officer Shields stole drug evidence, including methamphetamine, prescription drugs, marijuana, and money. When interviewed, Shields admitted he took the drugs because he “just needed them” and he was a “weak person.” 

Because of what Shield did, the Fort Peck Tribe was forced to dismiss 27 criminal cases, including other drug cases, assaults, and property crimes. 

The sentencing happened before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, in Great Falls, Montana. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Because there is no parole in the federal system, the truth in sentencing guidelines mandate that Shields will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court.  In the federal system, Shields does have the opportunity to shorten the term of custody by earning credit for good behavior.  However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.     

 

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