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Redby man sentenced for burglary

MINNEAPOLIS – A 38-year-old Redby man was sentenced Monday in federal court for his connection with a July 24, 2011, home invasion and burglary of a residence on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Robert Joseph Downwind was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison on one count of first-degree burglary in the first degree.  He was sentenced by U.S. District Chief Judge Michael J. Davis.

Downwind, who was indicted on Sept. 12, 2011, pleaded guilty Feb. 15. In his plea agreement, Downwind admitted that at about 2 a.m. July 24, 2011, he entered a residence by cutting the screen on an open window, intending to steal money and other items while the homeowner, whom he did not know, slept in her bedroom. While he was inside the residence, the homeowner woke and confronted him. Downwind assaulted her, pushed her to the ground, and took her purse, which contained money and identification cards.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad.

Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.