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More federal charges filed against accused pipeline protest shooter

BISMARCK -- More federal charges have been filed against a pipeline protester accused of shooting toward law enforcement officers in October. Red Fawn Fallis, 37, of Colorado, allegedly fired a gun while being arrested during a police raid of the...

 

BISMARCK -- More federal charges have been filed against a pipeline protester accused of shooting toward law enforcement officers in October.

Red Fawn Fallis, 37, of Colorado, allegedly fired a gun while being arrested during a police raid of the northern "front line" Dakota Access Pipeline camp on Oct. 27.

An indictment filed Jan. 5 charges her with felony counts of civil disorder and discharging a firearm in relation to a felony crime of violence, which, in this case, is civil disorder. These charges are in addition to an earlier charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Fallis pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday morning. A three-day trial was scheduled with U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland for March 7 in Bismarck. If convicted of discharging the firearm, she faces a minimum of 10 years in prison.

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During a December preliminary hearing for Fallis on the firearm possession charge, a federal agent said she fired three shots from a gun in her left hand while officers tried to pull her down and arrest her. She was being arrested because she was acting as an instigator, said Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent Derek Hill.

Fallis has a prior felony conviction for being an accessory to a crime in Colorado, Hill testified.

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