Charenton man admits stealing cancer fund donations

LAFAYETTE, La. — A Charenton man pleaded guilty to larceny for stealing donations intended for a cancer patient from the register counter at the Chitimacha Trading Post.

Because the theft happened on land belonging to the Sovereign Nation of the Chitimacha, the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted Kendrick T. Edmond, 21, according to U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Edmond admitted to entering the Chitimacha Trading Post, which is within the Chitimacha Tribal Reservation, on March 31 and removing the donations intended for a member of the Sovereign Nation of the Chitimacha.

Edmond faces up to one year in prison, one year of supervised release, restitution and a $100,000 fine.

Jurisdiction on reservations is based upon the unique sovereign relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes, and Congress has criminalized certain acts that take place on reservations.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutes all felony and misdemeanor cases arising there that are within the jurisdiction of the office including those involving felonies where either the defendant or the victim is an Indian or both the defendant and the victim are Indian. The office also prosecutes cases involving misdemeanors where the defendant is a non-Indian.

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