She is accused of firing a handgun as officers arrested her throughout protest exercise towards the Dakota Entry Pipeline in southern Morton County in October 2016.
At her change of plea listening to Monday, Fallis pleaded responsible to felony counts of civil dysfunction and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. Underneath circumstances of her plea settlement, federal prosecutors will transfer to dismiss probably the most critical cost of her indictment, discharge of a firearm in relation to a felony crime of violence, and advocate not more than seven years at sentencing, in addition to no positive or restitution.
From right here, Hovland advised Fallis she is going to bear a pre-sentence investigation with a federal probation officer within the weeks forward. She could possibly be sentenced as early as April or Might; nevertheless, her attorneys will talk about a sentencing listening to date to be decided, probably in mid-Might or June.
Protection lawyer Bruce Ellison stated Fallis’ authorized workforce will name numerous witnesses at sentencing, particulars of that are “nonetheless an ongoing dialogue,” he informed Hovland.
Assistant U.S. Lawyer Gary Delorme stated he might name no multiple or two witnesses at sentencing.
Hovland stated Fallis’ attorneys have advocated a sentence of 21 to 27 months, whereas federal prosecutors might advocate forty six to fifty seven months.
Fallis, who’s held on the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Middle, additionally admitted to a pretrial launch violation from final week in Fargo. Hovland stated she was unaccounted for a whole day from the midway home the place she has resided since October.
“I maintain the courtroom within the highest regard and I do know by making a nasty selection, I do not need to supply any excuses, however I maintain the courtroom within the highest regard,” Fallis stated. “It is exhausting being up right here with no household or anybody to speak to. I apologize.”
She stated her time on pretrial launch has allowed her to raised her life, from GED testing to weight loss plan and train to volunteerism.
Hovland and Delorme each stated that dialogue with a midway home employees member indicated Fallis has been a “mannequin resident” with “exemplary conduct” aside from her violation final week.
Protection and prosecuting attorneys and the federal probation workplace will quickly submit responses on Fallis’ standing between now and her sentencing. Delorme and protection lawyer Molly Armour each stated they haven’t any difficulty with Fallis remaining on the midway home however on GPS monitoring.
Fallis had been set for a jury trial to start in Fargo subsequent week.