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Man Sentenced to Prison for Attempted Robbery

A Ponemah man has been sentenced for attempted robbery occurring within the boundary of the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

According to court documents, Justice Edward Desjarlait (27) attempted to rob a residence on September 24, 2022. Officials say Desjarlait was carrying an unloaded rifle when he knocked on the front door of the residence, raised the rifle and demanded, “Give me all of your [expletive].” Desjarlait then attempted to open the storm door in order to enter the house, but the door was locked so he fled without taking anything from the home.

Desjarlait entered a guilty plea to one count of attempted robbery back in February. He was sentenced last week to 18 months in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and he owes $500 in restitution.