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Lawyer: Augare to plead guilty if fed charges stay

Published On: Nov 06 2013 07:43:54 AM MST
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HELENA, Mont. -

A state senator and Blackfeet tribal leader says if a judge does not dismiss federal charges against him, he will plead guilty to drunken driving, reckless driving and obstruction of a peace officer.
    
Shannon Augare's attorney, Joe McKay, says in a court filing Tuesday that Augare will change his plea if U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong rejects his earlier request to dismiss the case.
    
McKay says in the document that Augare "does not intend to put the Court to a trial."
    
McKay requested Strong to dismiss the federal case after Augare pleaded guilty to the same charges in tribal court last month over a May 26 traffic stop.
    
Federal prosecutors say Augare is attempting to manipulate the federal case by using "jurisdictional gymnastics."
    
Strong has delayed Thursday's trial to hear arguments Augare's motion to dismiss.