Oct 5, 2012 10:00 AM by AP/CS

Member of Coushatta tribe pleads to assault

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a member of the Coushatta Tribe has pleaded guilty to an assault charge.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says 21-year-old Nicholas Tyler Poncho, of Elton, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon related to an incident that occurred on the tribe's reservation on Jan. 22.

Finley's office says Poncho admitted to intentionally striking his father with a 1.5 liter wine bottle, with the intent to do bodily harm.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 10. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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