Dakota Access protester pleads guilty in shooting incident

January 22, 2018 - 1:31 pm

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Denver woman accused of shooting at law officers while being arrested for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota has pleaded guilty to two charges in a deal with prosecutors.

It means Red Fawn Fallis won't stand trial, where she could have faced up to life in prison if convicted. Prosecutors will recommend a sentence of no more than seven years.

Fallis was accused of firing a handgun three times during her October 2016 arrest. No one was hurt.

Fallis pleaded guilty Monday to civil disorder and gun possession by a convicted felon. Prosecutors will drop a more serious count — discharge of a firearm during a felony crime of violence.

Sentencing wasn't immediately scheduled.

About two dozen supporters of Fallis packed the courtroom under heavy security.

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