Named in the lawsuit were two out-of-state activists from Mississippi Stand, Jessica Reznicek and Ruby Montoya, as reported in Western Wire. The company alleges Reznicek and Montoya “issued a call to action for others to follow in their violent and terrorist actions, and have provided a blue print for arson and property destruction.”

Michael Sandoval

Western Wire

A Dakota Access pipeline protester accused of shooting at law enforcement during protests in 2016 pleaded guilty today to two federal charges that could earn her up to seven years in prison.

Red Fawn Fallis’ plea means she will avoid trial and a possible life sentence had she been convicted.

Fallis allegedly discharged a firearm three times on October 27, 2016. With a prior felony conviction in 2003, Fallis pleaded guilty to a count of civil disorder and a count of gun possession by a convicted felon.

“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,” Bismarck’s KFYR reported.

Fallis, a Denver-based “water protector,” was reported to have claimed “she was trying to pull the gun out of her pocket and the deputies jumped her and the gun went off.”

Sentencing will likely be held between the end of April and June, according to KFYR.

“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 was one of 761 arrests made in North Dakota during the protest of the Dakota Access pipeline, beginning in 2016. The pipeline came online in June 2017.

The huge mess left by anti-pipeline protesters in North Dakota included hundreds of abandoned vehicles, as first reported by Western Wire in February 2017.

Energy Transfer Partners, the builder of the Dakota Access Pipeline, filed a lawsuit in August 2017 alleging racketeering and defamation against prominent national activist groups it said caused the months-long protest, project delays, and enormous cleanup and law enforcement costs as a result of the anti-DAPL protest.

Energy Transfer Partners also alleges the groups “incited, funded, and facilitated crimes and acts of terrorism to further these objectives,” and “claims that these actions violated federal and state racketeering statutes, defamation, and constituted defamation and tortious interference under North Dakota law.”

Named in the lawsuit were two out-of-state activists from Mississippi Stand, Jessica Reznicek and Ruby Montoya, as reported in Western Wire. The company alleges Reznicek and Montoya “issued a call to action for others to follow in their violent and terrorist actions, and have provided a blue print for arson and property destruction.”

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