Red Fawn Fallis pleads guilty in Federal Court Monday

BISMARCK, N.D. - UPDATE (1/22/2018 @ 3:05 p.m.): There was a packed courtroom at the United States District Court of North Dakota in Bismarck Monday morning to hear Red Fawn Fallis change her plea to guilty.

According to the complaint, during the arrest of Fallis on Oct. 27, 2016, a deputy from the Pennington County’s Sheriff’s Department was kneeling on the ground towards her as she was laying on the ground with her hands tucked under her body, and put her right arm behind her back. The deputy then let go of her left arm while she was resisting arrest to make it easier to handcuff her and two gun shots went off.

Court documents also say the deputy making the arrest saw the ground near his left knee explode.

Deputies say they were struggling to get control of Fallis because she would not let go of the handgun.

After she was put into custody, court documents say Fallis made a statement that “she was trying to pull the gun out of her pocket and the deputies jumped her and the gun went off.”

Documents say the gun, a Ruger model LCR, .38 special revolver, was not manufactured in the state and the last documentation for the gun was to a federal firearms licensee in Mobridge, South Dakota.

Fallis could face a maximum of 15 years in federal prison on two counts, civil disorder and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.

A sentencing hearing hasn’t been set yet but it will be held sometime between end of April and June.

Chief judge Daniel L. Hovland will be deciding where Fallis will be staying until the sentencing after her arrest last week for violating terms of her pretrial release agreement.

“I hold the court in the highest regard,” said Fallis. “It’s hard being up here without family or someone to talk to, I apologize. I’m not just wasting my time sitting there [at the halfway house] doing nothing.”

Fallis told Hovland she only needs one class to get her GED.

“You were a model resident at the halfway house up until that time,” said Hovland.

Attorney’s from both sides agree that if she is released again to the halfway house they recommend to have her on a GPS monitoring system.


ORIGINAL STORY (1/22/2018 @ 1:25p.m.): There was a packed courtroom at the United States District Court of North Dakota in Bismarck Monday morning to hear Red Fawn Fallis change her plea to guilty.

According to the complaint, during the arrest of Fallis on October 27, 2016, a deputy from the Pennington County’s Sheriff’s Department was kneeling on the ground towards her as she was laying on the ground with her hands tucked under her body, and put her right arm behind her back. The deputy then let go of her left arm while she was resisting arrest to make it easier to handcuff her and two gun shots went off.

Court documents also say the deputy making the arrest saw the ground near his left knee explode.

Deputies say they were struggling to get control of Fallis because she would not let go of the handgun.

After she was put into custody, court documents say Fallis made a statement that “she was trying to pull the gun out of her pocket and the deputies jumped her and the gun went off.”

Documents say the gun, a Ruger model LCR, .38 special revolver, was not manufactured in the state and the last documentation for the gun was to a federal firearms licensee in Mobridge, South Dakota.

Fallis could face a maximum of 15 years in federal prison on two counts, civil disorder and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.

A sentencing hearing hasn’t been set yet but it will be held sometime between end of April and June.

Chief judge Daniel L. Hovland will be deciding where Fallis will be staying until the sentencing after her arrest last week for violating terms of her pretrial release agreement.

“I hold the court in the highest regard,” said Fallis. “It’s hard being up here without family or someone to talk to, I apologize. I’m not just wasting my time sitting there [at the halfway house] doing nothing.”

Fallis told Hovland she only needs one class to get her GED.

“You were a model resident at the half way house up until that time,” said Hovland.

Attorney’s from both sides agree that if she is released again to the halfway house they recommend to have her on a GPS monitoring system.A packed courtroom at the United States District Court of North Dakota in Bismarck Monday morning to hear Red Fawn Fallis change her plea to guilty.

Authorities say Fallis pulled out a gun and shot in the direction of officers as they were arresting her in October 2016.

She could face a maximum of 15 years in federal prison on two counts, civil disorder and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.

A sentencing hearing hasn’t been set yet but it will be held sometime between end of April and June.