COARSEGOLD, Calif. – The former head of a California Native American tribe accused in an armed takeover of the tribe's casino has been sentenced to more than a year behind bars.
The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1HzuHmf) that Tex McDonald, however, was expected to be released from jail on Friday after receiving credit for time he has already served.
McDonald was accused of leading a security team that stormed the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino northeast of Fresno last year with firearms and stun guns. The takeover was part of a dispute between rival factions of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians.
McDonald pleaded guilty to false imprisonment.
The casino remains closed.